3 - 3
Martin Charlesworth (20)
Paul Napier (23)
Graeme Stewart (56)
David Allan (3)
Gary Weir (6)
Michael Steven (86)
|Gary Clark for Neil Davidson (77)||
Shaun Sinclair for Grant Steven (40)
Richard Macadie for Stewart Ross (65)
Bryan McKiddie for Gary Weir (90)
Jamie Shewan (60)
Zander Sutherland (73)
David Allan (73)
Thomas Shaw (Referee)
It's a bright blue sky at Victoria Park with a smattering of snow on the ground. This is the only Highland League game to go ahead today, with all others falling victim of the weather.
Michael Gray gets another start, and Grant Steven has recovered from his hamstring pull he picked up in the warm-up at the Clach game two weeks ago. Richard Macadie is on the bench and Gary Manson has travelled down with the squad but doesn't feature in the line-up.
Academy make a storming start going a goal up in 3 minutes. Craig Shearer threaded a inch-perfect pass through the heart of the Buckie defence and Davie Allan ran onto it and fired home into the bottom right hand corner from 14 yards out.
0 - 1
Academy shock the home crowd by doubling their lead in the 6th minute. Davie Allan and Weir played a neat one-two on the edge of the Buckie box. Weir took the return with his back to goal, turned on a dime and smacked a left foot shot off the inside of the right post and past keeper Strong.
0 - 2
Academy have a stone-wall penalty turned down after 10 minutes. Davie Allan is through on goal and is pulled down by keeper Strong but to everyone in the ground's amazement referee Shaw waved play on.
Just before the quarter hour mark Zander Sutherland has a tremendous drive at goal from 18 yards out and Gray went air-born to make a full length diving save and punched the ball wide of target.
3 minutes later and Gray pulls off yet another full-length diving wonder-save, this time denying Neil Davidson from 18 yards.
The home side pull themselves back into the game in the 20th minute. Zander Sutherland whipped in a dangerous cross to the heart of the Academy penalty area and Martin Charlesworth smashed the ball past a helpless Gray.
1 - 2
Buckie are pilling on the pressure and Michael Steven clears a Charlesworth attempt off the line in the next attack.
Buckie level the scores with 23 minutes played. Paul Napier drove up the right flank and curled a cracking unstoppable shot into Gray's bottom right hand corner from 20 yards out.
2 - 2
37 minutes and Davie Allan almost put the Scorries in front again. He forced his way into the penalty area and hammered a right foot shot that went over Strong's head and looked goal-bound but Strong somehow managed to get a right hand to the ball and flicked it wide of target.
3 minutes before the half-time break and David Allan again gives the Buckie defence a problem as he wriggled into the box but this time he could only manage to shoot into the side-netting.
Academy are forced to make a substitution with Grant Steven going off injured and he is replaced by Shaun Sinclair. Michael Steven moves to the centre with Alan Farquhar and Shaun plays on the right.
Half Time 2 - 2
56 minutes played and Buckie get their noses in front for the first time in the game. Graeme Stewart managed to rise the highest for a Napier corner and sent a glancing header into the top right hand corner of the net over the top of Alan Farquhar who tried in vain to stop it.
3 - 2
Academy make a change with 65 minutes played. Stewart Ross is replaced by Richard Macadie.
Buckie are pressing for more and Gray keeps Academy in the game with good saves from Zander Sutherland and Paul Napier.
4 minutes left and Michael Steven squares the scores. He has a shot from 18 yards that is blocked by a defender but snapped up the re-bound and belted a screamer over the top of Strong and into the top right hand corner of the net.
3 - 3
Buckie almost snatch the winner. Graeme Stewart again got his head to a crossed ball but his attempt clipped the top of the cross bar and went over.
Dying seconds and Weir is replaced by McKiddie, come on Academy!!
Full Time 3 - 3
Match report written by Alan Farquhar
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||2||-||7||-|
|Shaun Sinclair (sub)||-||12||-||173||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||10||-||142||5|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||24||18||5||233||83|