0 - 6
Scottish Cup (First Round)
David Allan (13)
David Allan (29)
Gary Weir (59)
Sam Mackay (64)
Craig Shearer (79)
Craig Shearer (90)
Greg McCrudden for Sean Simpson (28)
Lawrie Cannon for Michael Allan (31)
Tomie Cannon for Derek Chisholm (60)
Craig Shearer for James Pickles (64)
Lukasz Geruzel for Richard Macadie (64)
Ross Allan for Gary Manson (70)
Josh Hebdon (67)
Josh Hebdon (68)
Greg McCrudden (83)
Craig Shearer (67)
|Josh Hebdon (68)||None.|
Gavin Ross (Referee)
A fantastic Academy travelling support of around 150 witnessed the Scorries march into the second round of the Scottish Cup with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Coldstream. Two first half goals from Davie Allan set us on our way. Gary Weir and Sam Mackay added to the score-line in the second half before substitute Craig Shearer bagged a double of his own. Coldstream played out the last 20 minutes or so with only 10 men when Josh Hebdon was given his marching orders by referee Gavin Ross.
Academy last faced Coldstream at the same stage of the competition in September 2011, but only two Coldstream players from that team remain in the current squad; team captain John Crawford and Michael Allan who scored the Streamers goal in that game.
Academy had two regulars missing today; Grant Steven who is still struggling with a hamstring injury and Bryan McKiddie. Alex Lamb and James Pickles both got the nod from Manager Barry Wilson and made the starting line-up.
The Streamers won a couple of early corners and their left back Michael Allan fired high over the bar with the first attempt on goal.
The Scorries soon moved the ball forward and running on to a through pass from James Pickles, Richard Macadie tested keeper Mark Walters with a low shot.
Derek Chisholm broke clear on the Coldstream right to cut into the box and Michael Gray had to be at his best to dive and smother the shot.
Academy's first corner on the right came over beyond the back post and Michael Steven volleyed it into the side netting. Walters then did well to hang on to a waist high drive from Davie Allan. Walters blocked another Allan shot with his feet but had no chance when the Thurso speed merchant sent a long low pass from the centre circle up to Macadie on the right and sprinted through the middle to drill a return pass from Weir low into the net.
Academy were on top for the next quarter of an hour but apart fom a tame effort from Stevie Cunningham, a Gary Weir solo effort and a Macadie shot from a tight angle on the right which was deflected for a corner, most passes in the final third were mopped up by a vigilant home defence.
On the half hour Sam Mackay lofted a diagonal pass from the left touch line ahead of Allan who jogged in to nonchalantly notch his second goal with a right foot shot from just onside the box.
The Scorrie fans' old favourite refrain ‘Black and White Dynamite' echoed round the park as Walters was kept busy by a Weir shot and a Mackay free kick.
Coldstream left winger Jonathan Simpson ghosted into the heart of the Wick defence but couldn't find a way past Alan Farquhar and Alex Lamb.
Just before the break a fluent passing move from Mackay to Macadie to Cunningham ended with Walters dashing from his line to snatch the ball away from Macadie's feet.
Half Time - Coldstream 0 - Wick Academy 2
Steven and Allan, from close range and Mackay from 30 yards, had efforts blocked early in the second half before Coldstream upped their performance to enjoy their best spell of the game.
John Crawford had a header saved at point blank range by Gray and the big striker was throwing his weight about as Simpson tried to set up chances after forceful runs on the left.
Academy took play forward again and from Mackay's long low cross from the left Pickles fired into side net.
The vital third goal came in the 59th minute. Macadie stroked the ball up the right to Allan whose pin point accurate cross found Weir who swept the ball into the net from the 6 yard line.
Weir almost had another but his header was blocked on the line and scrambled away. However Mackay soon fired in the fourth goal, with a left foot shot between two defenders and into the keepers left hand corner from 30 yards.
Craig Shearer came off the bench to keep his record of having played in all of Academy's Scottish Cup games since the all in national format was introduce six years ago. He was almost immediately involved in the game's one ugly incident when he misjudged a sliding tackle and sent Josh Hebdon crashing to the turf. Hebdon grabbed Shearer by the throat and the pair were then pulled apart by half a dozen Coldstream players as Grade One referee Craig Ross raced across to restore order. Both number 6s were shown the yellow card but as Jake Birkett prepared to take the free kick Mr Ross consulted his assistant and changed Hebdon's yellow to a red.
The ten man home side still tried to compete and Gray saved a shot and a header from Crawford.
Shearer was in the spotlight again in the 80th minute when his deflected 20 yard drive ended up in the back of the net.
Gray was in action again diving left to save a Greg McCrudden free kick before the action moved to the other end where a curling left foot effort from Ross Allan hit the post.
The unlucky Crawford was foiled again when his header was brilliantly saved by Gray.
In a final flourish shots from Lukasz Geruzel and Davie Allan were pushed away for corners. Ross Allan's excellent delivery from the second flag kick was forced in at the back post by Shearer and in stoppage time, from another Ross Allan corner high to the back post Steven's header was kicked off the line.
Full Time - Coldstream 0 - Wick Academy 6
Match report written by Ken Wood
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||2||-||59||-|
|Craig Shearer (sub)||-||8||3||471||66|
|Ross Allan (sub)||20||5||-||92||1|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||7||2||40||26|