4 - 3
Jerry O'Driscoll (pen.) (8)
Richie Lidgetwood (35)
Mark Simpson (63)
Ryan Cowie (85)
David Allan (1)
David Allan (3)
Michael Steven (45)
|Michael Taylor for Stephen Gauld (85)||
Bryan McKiddie for Gary Manson (72)
Gary Weir for Stevie Cunningham (72)
James Mackay for Richard Macadie (86)
|Mark Simpson (45)||None.|
Ryan Milne (Referee)
Academy make their 3rd trip to The Haughs today looking for our first win since Turriff joined the league in season 2009/10. We drew our first ever game down their 1-1 in September 2009, and were then beaten 3-1 last year.
On recent form over the last 6 games Academy have had the 3rd best run in the league having won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1. Over the same number of games Turriff are 9th in the form book having won 3, drawn 0 and lost 3.
Academy are in confident mood following back to back wins against tough opposition - title chasers Forres last weekend, and Fraserburgh at Bellslea the weekend before.
Make no mistake however Academy are going to have to be at their best today to take anything at all back up the A9 as Turriff have settled well into the SHFL and are a tough nut to crack.
Davie Kirkwood makes one change to the side that beat Forres last weekend, Stewart Ross coming in for Craig Shearer.
Donald Fraser, Chris Herd or Andy Hutchison didn't make the starting line-up for the home side, but Gary Harris who was doubtful, has a place on the bench.
Academy started where they left off last weekend opening the scoring in the 1st minute. A long ball is played over the top of the home defence by Richard Macadie for Davie Allan to run onto and he kept his nerve to lob keeper Coutts from 18 yards.
0 - 1
Academy stun the home crowd by doubling their lead in the 3rd minute. Ross Allan knocked the ball over the top. The home defence shouted for off-side but that was waved away by referee Milne, and Davie Allan cut in from the right side, skipped past keeper Coutts and volleyed home his second of the game from 14 yards.
0 - 2
The home side pull themselves straight back into the game 5 minutes later. They knock the ball up-field from a free kick. Davie McKenzie knocked it into the box and Alan Farquhar was deemed to have pushed over Ryan Cowie and referee Milne pointed to the spot. Jerry O'Driscoll sent Gray diving to his right, and hammered the ball down the middle.
1 - 2
Dave MacKenzie come close to levelling the scores when he fired in a scorching 25 yard shot, but Gray got a hand to it to make a smart save, turning it round his right hand post for a corner kick.
The home side are piling on the pressure, but a good passing move from Macadie and Davie Allan has the Scorries driving forward but Cunningham fired his attempt from 30 yards out over the cross-bar.
Turra break up-field and O'Driscoll races through on goal one-on-one with Gray, but Gray charged out and made a great save to block O'Driscolls goal-bound shot.
The home side keep on the pressure and 10 minutes before the half time break it eventually pays off as they square the scores. The ball is played wide and fired in for Richie Ligetwood to rise at the back post and he headed the ball into the top right hand corner from 10 yards out.
2 - 2
Academy have the hold of the ball again, but Turr still have the bulk of the possession.
Mark Simpson picks up the first booking of the game with a minute of the first half played as he cut the legs from under Davie Allan about 25 yards from goal. Sam Mackay fired in the free-kick and keeper Coutts tried to punch the ball clear, but flapped at it and Joe Steven headed home.
2 - 3
Half Time 2 - 3
The home side continue to pressure. Gray makes a good save from Stephen Gauld, and O'Driscoll blazed over the top from the edge of the box.
The pressure again pays off when Turra win a corner. That is floated in by Gauld and Gray tried to get to the ball but is crowded out in a packed penalty area. The ball fell nicely to Mark Simpson and he pocked it home from close range.
3 - 3
Academy attack up the right flank as Macadie drove forward, but he loses the ball. It is pumped up-field up and is picked up by O'Driscoll who skipped into the box, got around Gray and squared to Ryan Cowie, but astonishingly with an empty net at his mercy he had a fresh air kick from the corner of the 6 yard box and the ball trickled over the bye-line to the relief of the Academy contingent in the crowd.
With 8 minutes left Cowie makes up for his earlier miss. Gauld pushed down the right flank and crossed into the box. O'Driscoll got a flick on the ball to send it past Gray and Cowie scored at the back post to send the home fans into mass celebration.
4 - 3
The clock runs out and referee Milne blows for the end of the game.
Full time - 4 - 3
Match report written by Alastair Ross
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||10||-||15||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||15||-||147||5|
|Gary Weir (sub)||14||21||9||261||89|
|James Mackay (sub)||-||6||-||18||-|