1 - 2
|Gary Harris (63)||
Lukasz Geruzel (85)
Sam Mackay (88)
|Robert Allan for Richie Ligerwood (75)||
Michael Steven for Grant Steven (43)
Lukasz Geruzel for Richard Macadie (68)
Ross Allan for Gary Manson (73)
Ryan Milne (Referee)
Academy travelled to The Haughs today and secured their first ever 3 points on Turriff soil. With 5 minutes left on the clock it looked as if the home side were going to run out 1-0 winners, but two late Academy goals in the last 5 minutes secured a great win 2-1. Both Craig Shearer and Alex Lamb were unavailable for today's game, but Barry Wilson now has a more than capable squad to fill the gaps. Grant Steven returned from injury and James Pickles also made the starting line-up.
The Scorries had the best chances of the first 20 minutes. Academy's first attack came after 3 minutes played. Sam Mackay sent Davie Allan into the Turriff box. He ran onto the ball and got off a good shot which was blocked between Turriff keeper Stephen Coutts and a defender about 10 yards from goal.
Alan Farquhar then came very close to the opener from a corner kick. He rose highest in the home box to get a powerful header onto a corner which looked goal-bound but keeper Coutts punched it clear from the under-side of his cross-bar.
Academy carved open another chance when Gary Manson was sent through on goal. He went one-on-one with keeper Coutts but he scuffed his right foot shot from 18 yards out straight to the keeper.
Richard Macadie was next to have a chance. The ball was played high over the top of the home defence and Macadie plucked it out of the sky with great control, but under pressure from closing defenders he sliced his shot off the outside of his right foot and just wide of target.
2 minutes before the half-time break Grant Steven pulled his hamstring again, the same injury that has had him sitting out Academy's first 4 league games. He was replaced by his brother Michael who slotted in beside Alan Farquhar and Shaun Sinclair remained out on the right.
In the last action of the first half Shaun Sinclair took a throw-in on the right inside the Turriff half. The ball was played forward and chipped into the box by Gary Weir onto the head of Richard Macadie 5 yards from goal, but he didn't get any power on the header and it was easily saved by keeper Coutts.
Academy had some great first half-chances but failed to capitalise on any of them so the teams went in for the half time break at zero each.
Half Time - Turriff United 0 - Wick Academy 0
Just past the hour Academy conceded their first league goal of the season. A cross from the right was chipped into the box to the 18 yard line. Gary Harris picked it up, found a yard and drove a right foot shot across goal which More managed to get a hand to, but he couldn't keep it out.
1 - 0
Academy make a change to see if they can get on the score-sheet with Lukasz Geruzel coming on for Richard Macadie, and 2 minutes after that Ross Allan also came on for Gary Manson.
Turriff were having the better of the second half but Academy levelled the scores 5 minutes from full-time. Academy won a free kick which Sam Mackay took. The ball flew into the bottom corner of the net and Geruzel wheeled away with his arm in the air to claim the goal, as it looked as if he got the last touch.
1 - 1
3 minutes later Sam Mackay scored the winner. He was allowed to run with ball at feet towards the Turriff box and from 20 yards he smoked a screamer into the top corner of the net to send the Academy support wild!
1 - 2
There was no time for a response from the home team and Academy sealed the win.
Full Time - Turriff United 1 - Wick Academy 2
The result today means that following on from the run of league wins at the end of last season, Academy have now matched their 10 league game winning streak. That was last achieved in season 20089. We remain on top of the table on goal difference from Formartine United, Brora and Inverurie Locos who also all won their games today.
Match report written by Alan Farquhar
|James More (GK)||24||7||-||125||-|
|Michael Steven (sub)||23||6||-||84||5|
|Ross Allan (sub)||20||3||-||91||1|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||5||2||39||26|