Wick Academy 1
Cove Rangers 1

Wick Academy
1 - 1
Cove Rangers 

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Allan (65)
Ryan Scott (85)

Team Managers
Davie Kirkwood
Kevin Tindal

Starting Eleven
Michael Gray
Michael Steven
Grant Steven
Craig Shearer
Ross Allan
Stevie Cunningham
Alan Farquhar
Richard Macadie
Stewart Ross
David Allan
Gary Weir
Stuart McKenzie
Stephen Jeffrey
Stirling Smith
Roddy Black
Eric Watson
Alan Redford
Murray McCulloch
Martin Johnston
Jordan Leyden
Paul Emslie
Connor Scully

Allan Bokas
Shaun Sinclair
Bryan McKiddie
Gary Manson
Martin Gunn
Ritchie Singer
Ryan Scott
Blair Yule
Michael Taylor
Greg Sim

Martin Gunn for Stevie Cunningham (79)
Ryan Scott for Connor Scully (67)
Ritchie Singer for Murray McCulloch (76)
Michael Taylor for Stephen Jeffrey (83)

David Allan (42)
Ross Allan (53)
Paul Elmslie (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Fraser (Referee)

Match Report

Academy put a dent in Cove's title charge today earning a 1-1 draw at Harmsworth Park. Sam Mackay sat this one out due to a suspension, but Richard Macadie was named captain by Davie Kirkwood as he made his 200th league appearance for the Scorries.

Davie Allan opened the scoring with a well taken goal in the 65th minute, but Cove threw everything at Academy in the closing stages of the game and grabbed the equalizer through substitute Ryan Scott 5 minutes from full time.

Cove started the game playing up the Harmsworth slope and almost took the lead in the 5th minute. Jordon Leyden got a yard on Alan Farquhar and crossed the ball into the box for Martin Johnston to have a free header. He powered the ball on target and it looked a certain goal but Michael Gray made a fantastic save and turned the ball over the top of his cross bar.

2 minutes later Cove passed up another guilt edged chance. Farquhar was caught in possession on the edge of the Academy box. Leyden pinched the ball off him and squared to Martin Johnston but he screwed his shot wide of target with the goal at his mersey.

Cove had by far the best chances in opening period and in the 21st minute they worked another great goal scoring opportunity. Leyden was again the provider when he powered past Farquhar and swung the ball into the mix for Johnson but he again spurned the chance to open the scoring shooting wide of the target.

It took Academy 21 minutes to get a decent attempt on target. Weir teed the ball up for Macadie and he powered a right foot shot on target but keeper McKenzie gathered the ball with a comfortable save.

In the last action of the first half Davie Allan was booked for puling back Alan Redford.

Half time 0 - 0

As the teams took the park for the second half thick fog rolled in over the park and the floodlights were turned on.

Cove again started with the better goal scoring chances. Martin Johnson had a shot deflected for a corner and Roddy Black a drive that Gray got his body behind for a comfortable save.

Academy started to get more of the ball and with 65 minutes played Davie Allan worked some room on the edge of the Cove box and got a shot off but it went just over the top of the cross-bar.

Academy opened the scoring in the next attack. Davie Allan powered onto a diagonal ball played over the top of the Cove back line. He took the ball into the box and with keeper McKenzie coming out to narrow the angle Allan picked his spot and drove the ball low into the corner of the net from 18 yards out for his 17th league goal of the season.

1 - 0

This set up a tense end to the game. Cove manager Tindal committed all three substitutes and with 5 minutes left the visitors squared the scores after a period of good pressure. The ball was played into the Academy box and Gray did well to get down to his left and block a shot that came through a ruck of bodies but substitute Ryan Scott was first to the loose ball and he swivelled and struck the ball on the half volley into an empty net.

1 - 1

The Cove tails were up and they pushed for the win but Academy snuffed out 4 or 5 final attacking moves to wind down the clock and win a share of the points.

Full time 1 - 1

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at March 24th, 2012)

2011/2012 All Time
Michael Gray (GK) - 14 - 19 -
Grant Steven19 261261
Michael Steven22 223443
Ross Allan18 20 - 521
Craig Shearer - 24342059
Stewart Ross - 18 - 17917
Richard Macadie24 30624584
Alan Farquhar24 28 - 100 -
Stevie Cunningham - 301214035
Gary Weir14 251026590
David Allan22 272012261
Martin Gunn (sub) - 16143277

League Table (as at March 24th, 2012)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Forres Mech 28 20 4 4 +47 64
2. Cove Rangers 28 18 6 4 +39 60
3. Buckie Thistle 28 15 5 8 +21 50
4. Inverurie Locos 25 16 1 8 +25 49
5. Fraserburgh 26 14 5 7 +13 47
6. Keith 25 14 3 8 +27 45
7. Nairn County 24 12 8 4 +31 44
8. Deveronvale 26 13 4 9 +22 43
9. Lossiemouth 28 13 4 11 +1 43
10. WICK 26 12 4 10 +10 40
11. Turriff United 28 12 4 12 +1 40
12. Huntly 27 12 2 13 -7 38
13. Formartine Utd 27 8 6 13 -8 30
14. Clachnacuddin 22 8 4 10 0 28
15. Rothes 25 6 2 17 -34 20
16. Brora Rangers 29 6 2 21 -59 20
17. Strathspey 27 2 2 23 -61 8
18. Fort William 23 1 2 20 -68 5