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|Gavin Smith (79)||
Sam Mackay (35)
Lukasz Geruzel (52)
David Allan (78)
David Allan (85)
Alan MacKenzie for Mark McDonald (54)
Sandis Reinsons for Mateusz Bobrowski (69)
Gavin Smith for David Robertson (69)
James Pickles for Gary Manson (65)
Gary Weir for Lukasz Geruzel (68)
Bryan McKiddie for Craig Shearer (73)
David Allan (32)
Sam Mackay (85)
Scott McIntyre (Referee)
Academy kick-off their 2012-13 Highland League campaign with today's trip to Seafield Park. Lukasz Geruzel makes his first league start for the Scorries, whilst our other new signing James Pickles is on the bench. Michael Steven sits out the first of his two match suspension following his red card against Halkirk United.
Academy have the bulk of the possession in the opening period but Strahspey are defending stoutly.
10 minutes played and Academy have the first real chance. Lukasz Geruzel wriggled free from his defender and fired a left foot shot from 16 yards out just past keeper Robert Donaldson's right hand post.
30 minutes gone and the score remains 0-0. Strathspey are packing their defence. Academy are going to have to be patient in breaking them down, whist being careful that they don't get caught on the break.
35 minutes played and Academy take the lead. Davie Allan and Sam Mackay played a neat one-two before Mackay looked up and lashed a 35 yard thunderbolt into the top corner to lay an early claim for goal of the season.
0 - 1
Strathspey did have the ball in the net just before the break but the shot from David Robertson had taken a nick from a player that was in an off-side position.
Half Time - Strathspey Thistle 0 - Wick Academy 1
52 minutes played and Academy double their lead. Davie Allan does the spade-work up the right wing before playing the ball to Craig Sharer. Shearer had two attempts that were blocked by the Strathspey defence before Lukasz Geruzel turned and rifled a left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net from 14 yards out for his first league goal for the Scorries.
0 - 2
Academy make a few changes with James Pickles making his league debut, coming on for Gary Manson. Three minutes later Gary Weir replaced Lukasz Geruzel.
In the 78th minute Academy add to their goal tally. Ross Allan did well to win the ball from substitute Gavin Smith. He drove forward and cut the ball across goal for his brother Davie Allan and he side footed home into the keepers right hand corner from 8 yards out.
0 - 3
Strathspey pulled a goal back a minute later. Substitute Smith fired a right foot shot beyond Gray into the top right hand corner of the net.
1 - 3
It wasn't long however before Academy regained their 3 goal lead. Stevie Cunningham slid an inch perfect pass to Macadie on the over-lap and he cut the ball back to Davie Allan and he fired the ball back across keeper Donaldson and into the left hand corner of the net for his second goal of the match.
1 - 4
Full Time - Strathspey Thistle 1 - Wick Academy 4
The opening day win has Academy sitting top of the league table on goal difference.
Match report written by Alan Farquhar
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||2||-||27||-|
|James Pickles (sub)||21||1||-||1||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||2||1||154||6|
|Gary Weir (sub)||14||2||-||274||96|