6 - 2
6 - 2
Sam Mackay (15)
Richard Macadie (17)
Lukasz Geruzel (21)
Lukasz Geruzel (29)
Sam Mackay (51)
Graham Bayne (66)
Nicholas Gray (20)
Sam Mackay (og.) (60)
Graham Bayne for Craig Shearer (59)
Ross Allan for Richard Macadie (73)
Bryan McKiddie for Lukasz Geruzel (78)
Robbie Allan for Cammy Bowden (11)
Stephen Gauld for Mike McKenzie (62)
Robbie Henderson for Nicholas Gray (71)
Gary Harris (73)
Ross Anderson (82)
Billy Baxter (Referee)
A rampant Wick Academy saw off first-footers Turriff United today with a magnificent 6-2 win at Fortress Harmsworth to get 2013 off to the best possible start. The result keeps us in second spot, as Cove Rangers beat Nairn County today 3-1.
Barry Wilson started with the same 11 that beat Brora Rangers last weekend. Gary Weir is still off on holiday so ex-ICT striker Graham Bayne has been drafted in for cover and he was on the bench. James Pickles didn't make the team due to a flu bug and Shaun Sinclair has just returned from a holiday in New York, so he also missed out today.
Turriff had 4 regulars missing for their trip North; Dave McKenzie, Richie Ligertwood, Gary Davidson and Grant Pennet.
Two goals in 2 minutes from Sam Mackay and Richard Macadie in a frenetic first 17 minutes got Academy off to a great start, but Nicholas Gray pulled one back in the 20th minute to make the score 2-1. Lukasz Geruzel then bagged two goals of his own to take the home side into the half-time break with a 4-1 advantage. Mackay netted for his double on the 51st minute, but a mix-up between Mackay and Michael Gray saw Mackay score a freak own-goal with a back-pass that Gray couldn't keep out. Graham Bayne made his Academy debut when he came on for Craig Shearer in the 59th minute, and it only took him 7 minutes to find the net to secure the 6-2 victory.
Academy started the game playing up the Harmsworth slope and within the first minute they were in on goal. Lukasz Geruzel held up a long ball and flicked it to Sam Mackay. Mackay drove forward before feeding Richard Macadie who drove a low shot on target that keeper Stephen Coutts got down to smother with Geruzel on his case looking to snap the ball up if mishandled.
Keeper Coutts was in action again in the 8th minute when he made a great double save. First he blocked a Davie Allan shot after Allan was played in by Macadie, and he then got his body behind a Stevie Cunningham follow-up shot.
Academy were looking sharp and in their next attack Craig Shearer played a pass over the top of the Turriff defense for Mackay to run onto. He took a touch, turned his defender and got his shot off but James Chalmers got his body in the way for a good block.
Turriff were forced into a change when defender Cammy Bowden picked up an injury and was replaced by Robbie Allan.
It took the visitors 14 minutes to get their first shot on target. A crossed ball fell to Christopher Herd in the middle of the Academy box. He fired a powerful shot on goal that Michael Gray blocked sending it for a corner.
Turriff had another half-chance when Mike McKenzie sent a pin-point pass over the top of the Academy back-line for Gary Harris but Grant Steven made a great recovery as he blocked Herd's attempt on goal.
Academy opened the scoring on the quarter hour. Richard Macadie drove up the right flank and crossed to the Turriff back post where Sam Mackay got in front of his marker and nodded home from 5 yards out.
1 - 0
Two minutes later Stevie Cunningham threaded a pass through the heart of the Turriff defense for Macadie who was on it in a flash beating the off-side trap. He breezed into the box before hammering home into the bottom right hand corner of Coutts's net.
2 - 0
On 20 minutes Turriff pulled a goal back. Mike McKenzie supplied the perfect ball as he split the Academy defense. Nicholas Gray ran onto it and Academy shouted in vain for off-side, but Gray carried on and from the edge of the Academy box he rifled his shot past Michael Gray.
2 - 1
In typical fashion Academy broke up-field straight from the re-start and regained their 2 goal lead. Richard Macadie had a pop on goal that clipped a defender and spun up in the air. Geruzel held off his marker, took the ball on his chest and then hammer the ball into the net from 7 yards out.
3 - 1
Academy were on full-on attack and Sam Mackay tore up the wing and he hammer the ball across goal where Davie Allan threw his body forward but just couldn't connect with the ball to turn it in.
The goal feast continued when Stevie Cunningham broke into the box and drew keeper Coutts off his line before he teed up Geruzel for the simplest of finishes from close range.
4 - 1
Even though Academy had a 3 goal lead Turriff were far from finished and they kept plugging away. McKenzie held up a long pass and then laid it into the path of Garry Harris who hit a scorcher on the run 25 yards from goal but the ball flew just over the target.
In the last action before the half-time break Turriff won a free kick just outside the Academy box. Lewis Davidson stood in front of the ball and Gary Harris drove the free-kick past the outside of the Academy wall and with Gray beat Harris held his head in his hands as the ball clipped off the base of the right hand post and out for a bye-kick.
Half Time - Wick Academy 4 - Turriff United 1
Six minutes after the re-start Academy went nap. Macadie played the ball over the top to Mackay and he raced onto it. Keeper Coutts came to meet him and from about 20 yards out Mackay chipped the ball over him and into the back of the net for a really well taken goal.
5 - 1
Wilson made his first change taking off Craig Shearer and giving Graham Bayne his first Academy action.
On the hour Academy gifted the visitors a goal. From just inside his own half Sam Mackay played the ball back to Michael Gray who was off his line. Gray scrambled over to try to get to the ball but if ran past him and into the net for one of the weirdest goals you'll be likely to see.
5 - 2
Turriff made another change with Stephen Gauld coming on the influential McKenzie.
Turriff launched another attack and Nicholas Gray worked to the edge of the box and flashed a shot across goal that Alan Farquhar cleared for a corner. The ball was swung in and was headed cleared for another corner by Graham Bayne. It was whipped in again and it broke through a ruck of bodies before falling to the feet of James Chalmers. He looked to have been taken by surprise and stabbed his attempt wide of target.
In a cracking end to end game Davie Allan went on another surging run before sliding the ball to Macadie who fired a shot across the face of goal that keeper Coutts got a hand to and it flicked off the outside of his post and out for a corner. Macadie swung in the corner which the Turriff defense failed to clear and it fell to Graham Bayne who thrashed it home into the roof of the net.
6 - 2
Ross Allan came on for Richard Macadie with a quarter hour left to play.
Academy kept pushing for more goals and Mackay swung a corner into the box for Bayne to rise highest but his header went over the top of the target.
Cunningham then forced another save from Coutts before Ross Allan started to influence the game and he burst into the box from a free-kick before having a crack on goal that Coutts got a touch on and it flicked off the outside of the post and out for a corner. The corner ball was fired in and cleared but picked up by Stevie Cunningham and he fired a shot on target that Coutts tipped over his cross-bar.
Ross Allan was using his speed to good effect as he hit the bye-line before crossing to his brother Davie who got to the ball but it flew over the top of the cross-bar.
Academy were playing silky football and in a lovely flowing move Davie Allan combined with Bryan McKiddie who sipped in Ross Allan who's shot across goal beat keeper Coutts before smacking off the base of the post and back into Coutts arms.
In the next Academy attack it was Ross Allan again on the end of things as he picked the ball up in the Turriff box following some slack defending but he could only stab his attempt from close range straight to Coutts who had a very busy afternoon in the Turriff goal.
In the last action of the game Ross Allan was dragged down as he again terrorized the Turriff defense and Academy were awarded a free-kick. Mackay floated the free-kick into the box and the ball flew across the face of the Turriff goal with two or three Academy bodies just failing to get to the ball to turn it home.
Referee Billy Baxter brought the game to an end with both sets of supporters having been treated to a cracker.
Full Time - Wick Academy 6 - Turriff United 2
The win keeps the Scorries in second spot in the table as Cove beat Nairn County 3-1 at Station Park. Academy are away to Lossiemouth next weekend and will be looking to carry on with their good goal-scoring form.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||22||-||47||-|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||8||1||160||6|
|Ross Allan (sub)||19||18||-||78||1|
|Graham Bayne (sub)||-||1||1||1||1|