5 - 0
5 - 0
Sam Mackay (7)
David Allan (14)
Craig Shearer (28)
Gary Weir (74)
Gary Weir (76)
Gary Manson for Stewart Ross (62)
Martin Gunn for Craig Shearer (75)
Scott Moir for Lewis Robertson (69)
Peter Souter for Alexander Thoirs (75)
Neal Oort for David Booth (77)
|None.||Martin Skinner (43)|
|None.||Michael Clark (53)|
Billy Baxter (Referee)
Academy move up to 7th spot in the table after a convincing 5-0 win over Huntly. The win keeps the pressure on Keith for the Challenge Cup slot as they travel to champions Forres on Wednesday night.
Sam Mackay, Davie Allan and Craig Shearer had the Scorries 3 goals to the good within the first half hour, but Huntly battled on and even after Mike Clark was sent off in the 53rd minutes Academy huffed and puffed a little in search of further goals before Gary Weir scored a brace to put the home side nap. The result tonight extends Academy's unbeaten league home run to 11 matches.
Both teams took a few minutes to settle on the ball on a wet greasy surface but the game sprung to life in the 6th minute when Macadie flashed a dangerous ball right across the face of the Huntly goal, but there were no takers to knock it home.
A minutes later Academy opened the scoring when Craig Shearer kicked off an attack by linking up with Richard Macadie. Macadie slid Davie Allan up the right flank and he delivered the perfect cross into the Huntly box for Sam Mackay to nod home against Huntly's young keeper Daniel Sutton.
1 - 0
Davie Allan then burst half the length of the park leaving the Huntly defence in his wake and slammed home with an excellent finish from just inside the box.
2 - 0
Just before the half-hour it was three when Macadie whipped a free-kick into the mix and Craig Shearer rose unchallenged and he powered home his header.
3 - 0
A minute later Davie Allan again broke the Huntly back-line skipping past everyone in his path before cracking a fine shot off the base of keeper Sutton's left hand post.
Half time 3 - 0
5 minutes into the second half Huntly had their best chance of the game when Adam Naismith found a bit of room with ball at feet 25 yards from goal and he got a great strike on target but Michael Gray went air-born and got a hand to the ball to tip it over his cross-bar. Barry Somers then headed the resulting corner-kick wide of target.
53 minutes in and Huntly's task looked impossible when Michael Clark took Sam Mackay down from behind as he pushed towards goal and referee Billy Baxter flashed Clark a straight red card and Huntly went down to 10 men.
Huntly rallied and had a 15 minute spell where Academy struggled to gain any penetration. The closest they came in this spell was to force two corners, the second of which bounced free in the box and the young keeper Sutton did well to finally pounce on the ball.
Huntly then broke up-field and Adam Naismith had another long-range crack at goal but this time Gray got his body behind the ball and made a safe catch.
Gary Manson came on for Stewart Ross just past the hour and with his first real touch of the ball he hammered a 30 yard belter off the Huntly cross-bar.
It looked as if another goal would elude the home side when Mackay struck a good chance into the side-netting, and Macadie then got onto the end of a long ball with acres of room on the edge of the Huntly box but his flashing drive went just wide of the right hand post.
In the 74th minute however the fourth goal was claimed when Weir got his head to a corner-ball and powered home with a good finish from 4 yards out.
4 - 0
2 minutes latter Weir hit his second when Davie Allan again sprinted into space before crossing to Weir to slide in and bundle home.
5 - 0
Academy pushed for more and had 3 or 4 further good chances. Weir hit a shot over the top of target, a Mackay shot looked bound for the top corner but swerved just past the corner of post and cross-bar, Davie Allan drove a wicked shot across target that skimmed the outside of the post and Macadie dinked a great little chip just onto the roof of the net.
In the 90th minute it looked as if a chance was finally going to be converted when Davie Allan broke through and went one-on-one with keeper Sutton but the young goalie kept his cool and made a brave save.
In the last kick of the ball substitute Martin Gunn looked to roll back the years as he latched onto a corner ball, taking it as sweet as a nut on the volley but unfortunately he couldn't keep the effort down and it went sailing over the target.
Full time 5 - 0
The result sees us eat into Keith's goal difference advantage. They are only a goal better off on goal difference with a game in hand against champions Forres on Wednesday night. The fight for the last remaining challenge cup slot may go right to the last games, so an exciting end to the season looks to be in prospect.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||20||-||25||-|
|Gary Manson (sub)||28||30||-||377||30|
|Martin Gunn (sub)||-||21||1||437||77|