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NOS Cup (1st Round (Academy win 4-2 on Penalties))
|Steven Mackay (19)||
David Allan (76)
Grant Munro for John Pickles (45)
Suart Kettlewell for Martin Maclean (82)
Paul Brindle for Scott Graham (90)
Gary Weir for James Pickles (46)
Gary Manson for Richard Macadie (71)
Sam Mackay (20)
Graham Fraser (Referee)
Wick Academy knocked reigning North of Scotland Cup champions Brora Rangers out of the competition at the first time of asking tonight in a thriller that went to penalty kicks to decide the outcome.
Steven Mackay headed the home side in front but Davie Allan levelled and with the score at 1-1 come the full time whistle the tie went straight into penalty kicks. Sean McCarthy made two penalty saves and Michael Steven scored the winning goal to send the Scorries into the next round where they will face Clachnacuddin at Grant Street Park on the 12th of August.
Brora crafted the first chance of the game after 7 minutes. The Academy defence failed to clear a deep cross which fell to Scott Graham but he fired over the bar from the left side of the box.
3 minutes later Academy had a great chance to open the scoring. Stevie Anderson was played into the box one-on-one with Joe Mallin. Anderson tried to round the keeper but Mallin got a hand to the ball and Brora cleared the danger.
The home side however did open the scoring on 19 minutes. A short corner on the left for Brora was played into Richard Brittain who skipped a couple of challenges before getting a left foot shot on target that was beaten away by Sean McCarthy for another corner. Brittain swung the corner in and Steven Mackay rose the highest and from 7 yards out he headed home into the top corner of the net.
Brora Rangers 1 - Wick Academy 0
Sam Mackay picked up a booking before Zander Sutherland delivered a great cross into the Academy box but Scott Graham headed the ball straight to McCarthy.
Academy then passed up another goal scoring opportunity. Richard Macadie picked the ball up just inside his own half and played an inch-perfect ball over the top of the Brora defence to Davie Allan but he fired his attempt over the crossbar from 18 yards out.
In the last action of the first half Steven Mackay headed over the crossbar and Brora were then forced into an early change as John Pickles was taken off with an injury and he was replaced by Grant Munro.
Half Time - Brora Rangers 1 - Wick Academy 0
Gordon Connelly made his first change at the start of the second half with Gary Weir coming on for James Pickles.
Academy started the second half on the front foot and created a great chance within a minute of the re-start. Sam Mackay sent a great ball up to Steven Anderson who played a neat one-two with Davie Allan which allowed Anderson into the edge of the box but he shot just high of the target.
A minute later Richard Macadie sent Davie Allan on a raid up the left flank and he drove to the bye-line before crossing to substitute Gary Weir who side-stepped a challenge and managed to get a shot off which flashed across the face of the goal and just past the outside of the far post.
Academy kept plugging away and created another good chance. Mackay crossed to Macadie who flicked it onto Weir who turned with the ball and fired across goal but this time Mallin made the save pushing the ball for a corner.
Academy were really turning the screw. Danny Mackay played a long ball up the wing to Davie Allan who laid it across the box to Sam Mackay but he drove his attempt just wide of goal from 20 yards out.
On 76 minutes Academy turned the pressure into an equalizer. A long ball over the top found Davie Allan who drove into the box and from 16 yards out he let rip. Joe Mallin did manage to get a hand to it but this time couldn't stop it from ending up in the back of the net.
Brora Rangers 1 - Wick Academy 1
Brora almost regained the lead a few minutes later when Dale Gillespie controlled a long diagonal ball which was fired into the Academy box. He took it down but his right foot shot hit off the top of the bar and over for a bye-kick.
Brora made two late subs as the clock wound down with Martin Maclean and Scott Graham coming off for Stuart Kettlewell and Paul Brindle.
Full Time - Brora Rangers 1 - Wick Academy 1
So it's straight to penalty kicks. Sam Mackay converted the first one and Sean McCarthy then saved Zander Sutherland's attempt to give Academy an early advantage. Gary Manson then fired wide of target kissing off the outside of the post and Steven Mackay scored to square things up again. Davie Allan and Richard Brittain both found the net with the next attempts. Gary Weir then converted to keep the pressure on the home side and Sean McCarthy stepped up and made another save to deny Stuart Kettlewell. That left Michael Steven to claim the prize and he made no mistake in netting to send the Scorries into the next round with a well deserved victory.
Wick Academy win 4-2 on Penalty Kicks.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||22||1||-||34||-|
|Gary Manson (sub)||31||1||-||491||35|
|Gary Weir (sub)||17||1||-||379||151|