Brora Rangers 2
Wick Academy 1
League


Brora Rangers 

2 - 1

Wick Academy


League
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Dudgeon Park
8:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Steve Mackay (65)
Steven Mackay (73)
Steven Anderson (87)

Team Managers
Unknown. Gordon Connelly

Starting Eleven
Joseph Malin
Scott Houston
Dale Gillespie
Craig McKeown
Grant Munro
Gavin Morrison
Martin Maclean
Scott Graham
Alexander Sutherland
Steven Mackay (C)
Andrew Greig
Sean McCarthy
Grant Steven
Richard Macadie
James Pickles
Grant MacNab
Alan Farquhar
Sam Mackay
Gary Manson
John Pickles
David Allan
Steven Anderson

Bench
Alan Duff
Stuart Kettlewell
Colin Maclean
Michael Robert Maclean
Kenneth Morrison
Steven Martin
James More
John Budge
Alan Hughes
Gary Weir
Lukasz Geruzel

Substitutions
None. Gary Weir for Grant MacNab (92)

Cautions
Joseph Malin (87)
Craig McKeown (60)
Sam Mackay (67)
James Pickles (76)
Sean McCarthy (90)
Gary Weir (92)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Spence (Referee)
Gavin Dearie & Gordon Seago (Assistants)





Match Report


A late goal from Steven Anderson wasn't enough to rescue a point for Wick Academy as Steven Mackay's double secured Brora Rangers victory at Dudgeon Park. The win for Brora means that they can now retain the Highland League title and secure a League Two play-off spot with a win at Turriff tomorrow.

Wick a sickness bug running through the Academy squad manager Gordon Connelly brought trialists John Budge, John Pickles and Grant MacNab into the team.

Academy were determined not to be rolled over by their rivals and signalled their intent a few minutes after kick-off when Richard Macadie attempted a long range effort which whistled just wide of the post.

However, Brora could have taken the lead in the eighth minute from a corner when Steven Mackay beat the Academy defence to head the ball goalward. But John Pickles cleared the ball off the line and it was gathered safely by the goalkeeper to ensure the scores remained level.

Goalkeeper Sean McCarthy got himself into bother when he spilled a ball when pressured by Martin MacLean and it fell to Steven Mackay. But the Brora striker was unable to trouble the net as wing back Gary Manson blocked his shot.

Anderson had a golden opportunity to give Wick the lead just before half-time when he beat the offside trap to run on to a Macadie pass and was one on one with Joe Malin. But the goalkeeper blocked his shot with his legs as the ball spun away to safety.

Just before half-time, Sam Mackay breathed a huge sigh of relief as he almost nodded a Zander Sutherland cross into his own net but his blushes were spared by the woodwork.

Half Time - Brora Rangers 0 - Wick Academy 0

Despite a spirited defensive performance from the visitors, Brora eventually broke the deadlock in the 64th minute when Andrew Greig launched a cross into the six-yard box to find an unchallenged Steven Mackay who nodded in the opener.

1 - 0

Mackay used his head again 10 minutes later to double the champions' lead, this time getting on to the end of a Sutherland cross to nod into the bottom left hand corner. The goal was Mackay's 52nd of the season.

2 - 0

Despite creating few chances in the second half, Academy pulled one back three minutes before time when Macadie set up Anderson on the edge of the 18-yard box and he unleashed a thunderbolt into the bottom left hand corner which Malin had no chance of stopping.

2 - 1

There was an unusual incident at the end when Brora Rangers were awarded an indirect free kick in the penalty box after Sean McCarthy miskicked the ball into the air and the wind blew it right back at him. He grabbed the ball to prevent the advancing Sutherland getting to it first but as an Academy defender originally passed the ball back to him, the referee awarded an indirect free kick.

However, with the game in injury time, Sutherland had no intention of testing the goalkeeper, as he took the ball to the corner in an attempt to run out the clock.

Full Time - Brora Rangers 2 - Wick Academy 1

Match report written by Luke Bunch



Squad Statistics (as at March 25th, 2015)


2014/2015 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)21 29 - 29 -
Grant Steven22 3011183
Alan Farquhar27 34 - 2123
Grant MacNab23 1 - 121
James Pickles24 2779113
Richard Macadie27 3613369144
John Pickles - 1 - 8 -
Gary Manson31 29148534
Sam Mackay26 29919986
Steven Anderson22 33133313
David Allan25 3513235110
Gary Weir (sub)17 3011377146






League Table (as at March 25th, 2015)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 30 26 4 0 +113 82
2. Turriff United 29 24 2 3 +48 71
3. Fraserburgh 32 18 8 6 +44 62
4. WICK 29 19 2 8 +39 59
5. Cove Rangers 28 17 6 5 +47 57
6. Inverurie Locos 31 18 3 10 +40 57
7. Formartine Utd 29 17 6 6 +23 57
8. Nairn County 28 16 3 9 +48 51
9. Forres Mech 29 15 3 11 +12 48
10. Buckie Thistle 31 13 5 13 +6 44
11. Clachnacuddin 31 12 3 16 -12 39
12. Deveronvale 30 9 7 14 -27 34
13. Fort William 25 6 2 17 -38 20
14. Keith 29 6 2 21 -51 20
15. Huntly 32 5 4 23 -61 19
16. Lossiemouth 29 4 2 23 -58 14
17. Strathspey 28 3 4 21 -76 13
18. Rothes 30 2 4 24 -97 10