4 - 1
Kevin Duguid (pen.) (43)
Kevin Duguid (72)
Graeme Fraser (88)
Scott Moore (90)
Graeme Grant (o.g.) (50)
Matthew Davidson for Ryan Green (75)
Scott Moore for Craig McGovern (89)
Lukasz Geruzel for Gary Weir (68)
James Pickles for Craig Shearer (76)
Ross Allan for Gary Manson (86)
Graeme Fraser (27)
Martin McMullan (65)
Graeme Grant (70)
Stevie Cunningham (51)
Sam Mackay (65)
David Allan (73)
Thomas Shaw (Referee)
Academy will look to consolidate their lead at the top of the table today, but face a tough game away to last year's League champions Forres Mechanics.
Academy have a full squad available today with Grant and Michael Steven available, and both make the starting line-up.
Forres have a few faces missing with Ryan Mackintosh, Simon Allan and Fraser Bremner all injured.
Academy come close to opening the scoring as early as the 3rd minute. Sam Mackay worked his way down the left flank before firing the ball across the 6 yards box. Richard Macadie flew in and any touch would have sent the ball home but he was inches from connecting.
Forres have been limited to a few long range shots that have gone well over the target, but on the quarter hour Academy again find themselves in the Forres box. Mackay once more supplied the crossed ball and Gary weir and Craig Shearer both have shots that are blocked.
Half hour gone and the game is evenly poised with neither keeper as yet called into action.
2 minutes before the half-time break the home side take the lead after being awarded a very soft penalty kick. Martin McMullan broke into the box and tripped before flinging himself to the ground and referee Thomas Shaw pointed to the spot. Kevin Duguid converted the penalty.
1 - 0
Half Time - Forres Mechanics 1 - Wick Academy 0
With 5 minutes of the second half played Academy level the scores. Sam Mackay worked his way to the edge of the box and fired the ball across goal and it took a wicked deflection off Graeme Grant and flew into the net for an own-goal.
1 - 1
An excellent piece of play almost resulted in an Academy goal. Sam Mackay broke up the left flank skinning defender Graeme Fraser before flashing the ball across goal. Keeper Stuart Knight came for the ball but didn't manage to collect it and it fell for Weir but the ball git trapped under his feet and trickled along the goal-line before Forres cleared the danger.
Things are starting to hot up and Sam Mackay and Martin McMullan are both booked after a coming together.
68 minutes played and Barry Wilson makes a change with Lukasz Geruzel coming on for Gary Weir.
Graeme Grant is next in the referee's book as he takes down Sam Mackay.
The home side again take the lead in the 72nd minute. From a throw-in Craig McGovern broke up-field got around Michael Steven and crossed for Kevin Duguid to side foot home his second of the game.
2 - 1
Forres have improved as the game has gone on and put the game to bed with 2 minutes left on the clock. A corner is swung into the box and defender Graeme Fraser rose at the back post and powered home a good header.
3 - 1
Scott Moore comes on for Craig McGovern and within a minute of being on the park he scores the home sides 4th. The ball broke in mid-field for Kyle Scott who past it forward to Duguid up the right flank. He crossed the ball and it was deflected into the path of Moore and he tucked it home.
4 - 1
Full Time - Forres Mechanics 4 - WAFC 1
Despite the defeat Academy still lead the table. It's all getting very close at the top of the table though and with Formartine beating Keith today 4-1 they are now hot on our heels. We have Formartine at home at Harmsworth Park next weekend so that will be yet another tussle for top spot.
Match report written by Alastair Ross
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|Ross Allan (sub)||19||14||-||74||1|
|James Pickles (sub)||22||15||2||15||2|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||15||6||15||6|