4 - 0
4 - 0
Richard Macadie (3)
Lukasz Geruzel (44)
Lukasz Geruzel (60)
Sam Mackay (75)
Gary Weir for David Allan (70)
Bryan McKiddie for Stevie Cunningham (74)
Ross Allan for Sam Mackay (78)
Marek Madle for Russell Guild (46)
Alexander Thoirs for Andrzej Kleczkowski (46)
Lukasz Jarosiewicz for Paul McCarthy (70)
David Allan (28)
||Marek Madle (47)|
Douglas Ross (Referee)
Academy maintain this season's 100% unbeaten home run as they ran out fairly comfortable 4-0 winners over visitors Huntly. Academy have now gone 26 league games undefeated at Harmsworth Park, a run stretching back to October 2011.
The game itself was in certain stages a fairly flat affair, but the 3 points keeps us with our noses in front of Clach, and we are hard on the heels of Nairn County who we are currently fighting for 3rd spot, and now play on Wednesday night.
Richard Macadie opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and Lukasz Geruzel doubled the advantage just before the half-time break. Geruzel grabbed his second on the hour to really put the game to bed, and Sam Mackay supplied the final goal 15 minutes from full-time.
A healthy crowd of about 350 saw Academy start the game playing up the Harmsworth slope with a strong wind blowing across the park, and some miserable squally showers sweeping through as the game progressed.
Huntly had the ball in the net with only seconds on the clock, but most of the Academy defence had stopped by this stage when they had spotted the linesman had his flag up for an off-side.
In Academy's first attack Sam Mackay teed up Richard Macadie for a shot but he leaned back and skied his attempt over the target.
Macadie made amends a minute later when he opened the scoring. The ball was played wide to Davie Allan who drove forward before crossing into the Huntly box. It took a few knocks between players before falling to Macadie and he rifled home low to the left of keeper Shaun Barney.
1 - 0
Huntly packed the mid-field and a period of 10 or so minutes saw both sides huff and puff without threatening either goal.
Michael Steven set up Academy's next chance when he had a push forward up the right wing and flashed a wicked cross across the face of the Huntly goal but Lukasz Geruzel was not able to get onto the end of it.
On 23 minutes Macadie slid a pass into Geruzel who got a good effort on target that keeper Barney got down to it and pushed the ball around his post for a corner.
Huntly struggled to get past the Academy back-line but just before the half-hour David Booth fired a great cross into the Academy box that Paul McCarthy just failed to get his head onto.
Davie Allan was causing Huntly all sorts of problems with his pace and on another rampaging run looked to be pulled back by Michael Clark. Referee Douglass Ross however gave the free-kick to Huntly and Allan took his protests a step too far and was booked for his troubles.
McCarthy at the other end had a weak shot saved by Michael Gray, before both Macadie and Cunningham had efforts blocked by keeper Barney and Grant Campbell at the other end.
Academy kept pressing and Macadie crossed from the flank for Michael Steven but he lifted his shot over the cross-bar.
Slack play in the Academy defense saw McCarthy nick the ball but he pulled his shot past the outside of Gray's right hand post.
Two minutes from the break Macadie almost got his second goal with a great bit of skill. James Pickles floated a high ball over the Huntly defense for Macadie who took it down, sold his markers a dummy and then flicked in a shot that smacked off the outside of Barney's left hand post.
In the final action of the first-half Academy doubled their lead. Macadie gained ground up the right wing and crossed to Geruzel who had a simple tap-in at the far-post from 4 yards out. Huntly protested as they thought there was an off-side, but the goal stood.
2 - 0
Half Time - Wick Academy 2 - Huntly 0
Dave McGinlay made two changes at the start of the second half. Marek Malde and Alexander Thoirs coming on for Russell Guild and Andrzej Kleczkowski.
Macadie set up Geruzel for another shot but the big Polish striker screwed his effort past the outside of the post.
On the hour Academy doubled their lead. Davie Allan was released with room to run into. Keeper Barney sprinted off his line and collided with Allan just outside the box but the ball fell to Geruzel and he had the simplest of finishes sticking the ball into the empty net.
3 - 0
15 minutes before full-time Academy scored their 4th. Pickles slid the ball to Sam Mackay on the left side of the Huntly penalty box. Mackay kept his cool to round keeper Barney and he slotted home with his left foot from a tight angle.
4 - 0
Lukasz Jarosiewicz came on for Huntly and he had a couple of half-chances before the full-time whistle, one of which Gray got down well to pushing the attempt for a corner.
Full-Time Wick Academy 4 - Huntly 0
Academy now welcome Nairn County to Harmsworth Park on Wednesday night the 8th May, that one has an 8:00pm kick-off.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||30||-||55||-|
|Ross Allan (sub)||19||27||-||87||1|
|Bryan McKiddie (sub)||-||14||1||166||6|
|Gary Weir (sub)||15||34||14||306||110|