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Sam Mackay (56)
Chris Blacknall (68)
Graeme Rodger (88)
Craig Shearer for Bryan McKiddie (75)
||Craig Simpson for David Smith (87)|
Stevie Cunningham (75)
Gary Weir (82)
|Chris Blacknall (78)|
Billy Baxter (Referee)
Academy are staring to form a habit of playing well, creating tons of goal scoring opportunities, but failing to take any points out of a game. This was yet again the outcome today with Vale heading back down the A9 with all 3 points.
Academy started the game brightly and with only 4 minutes on the clock David Allan cut in from the wing into the box. Keeper James Blanchard pushed him out wide but Allan managed to get round him and crossed the ball into the middle of the box but there were no takers for the Scorries and Scott Fraser cleared the dangers.
Martin Gunn was next in line for a crack at goal when he let fly with a 30 yard screamer that Blanchard tipped over the top of his cross-bar.
Academy were playing slick passing football and with just over a half-hour played Macadie slid the ball into Mackay but Blanchard was smart off his line and smothered the ball at Mackay's feet before he could get a shot off.
2 minutes later Academy should have taken the lead. Weir fed Davie Allan in on target but with only the keeper to beat he sliced his shot wide of target.
Vale started to apply some pressure and camped Academy in their own box for a 3 or 4 minute period which ended in David Smith smacking a shot off the under-side of the cross-bar before Gary Manson humped the ball to safety.
The play raged to the other end of the park as Allan hit the after-burners and ripped up the right wing before crossing to Mackay but Blnchard saved his attempt with his legs sending the ball for a corner. From the corner kick the ball fell for McKiddie in the box and his right foot attempt was cleared off the line.
Academy continued to attack but Blanchard again denied the Scorries the lead when Allan shot on target from after Mackay headed the ball down onto his path. Blanchard's save was a goal-saver as the ball looked certain bound for the top corner of the net.
Vale had the best of the final chance of the half. Rodger sent a dangerous ball right across the Academy goal-line, but no-one in a red shirt was on hand to knock in. That was followed by Scott Fraser, who was getting his head to every set play and crossed ball, had a headed attempt tipped onto the cross bar by More. From the corner Fraser again got his head to the ball but couldn't keep the ball down and it went over the top of target.
Half time 0 - 0
Academy should have opened the scoring straight from the kick-off when Allan was played in on goal but Blanchard tipped his drive over the bar.
The frustration continued for the Scorries when Mackay laid the ball on a plate for Macadie and his shot was hacked off the line by Scott Henry.
Academy finally converted a chance with 56 minutes played. Allan had another surging run up the right wing before crossing into the box and Sam Macakay ran onto the ball. It looked to get caught under his feet but both Mackay and ball crossed the line for the opener.
1 - 0
3 minutes later Gunn had another long range attempt at goal but the ball rose as it approached the goal and went over the top of the target.
Vale didn't give up and in their next attack Fraser yet again got his head to a crossed ball and he nodded it into the path of Smith at the back post but the Vale striker couldn't turn the ball home.
Vale leveled the scores in the 68th minute. The ball broke into the Academy box and was picked up by Chris Blacknall with his back to goal. Although he was surrounded by black and white shirts he managed to turn, edge out Grant Steven and fire home.
1 - 1
Academy again spurned another great goal scoring opportunity. David Allan had terrorized the right flank all day and he went on yet another lung-busting run before crossing the ball to the feet of Bryan McKiddie. He had space and time to pick his spot but his attempt took a flick off a defender and spun just wide of the post.
With 3 minutes left it looked as if Academy had sealed the win. Richard Macadie delivered an inch perfect cross onto the head of substitute Craig Shearer. He powered the header on target but Blanchard dived across his line and blocked the attempt.
So a draw on the cards, but the sucker punch was yet to come. With only 2 minutes left Vale broke out of their own half with Kyle Rae punting the ball up-field to Graeme Rodger who ran into space with the Academy defence backing off and he launched a rocket shot from 25 yards which More dived and got a hand too but the ball sneaked in at the right post to give Vale the win.
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Match report written by John Briskham
|James More (GK)||22||2||-||105||-|
|Craig Shearer (sub)||-||7||-||403||56|