2 - 2
2 - 2
Scottish Cup (Round 1)
Gary Weir (34)
Steven Anderson (92)
Callum Connelly (25)
Andrew Martin (94)
Jonny Scott Mercer
Gary Manson for Richard Macadie (59)
Marc MacGregor for Gary Weir (82)
Jamie Devlin for Kevin Keane (48)
Cameron Fraser for Steven Manson (59)
Anthony Muir for Jamie Devlin (64)
James Pickles (3)
Gary Weir (48)
Darren McGlashan (28)
Ross Nisbet (47)
Nikki Murray (75)
Andrew Martin (90)
Ben Dempster (Referee)
Academy welcomed Whitehill Welfare to Harmsworth Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup Scottish Cup first round and the two sides served up a cracker.
Callum Connolly put the visitors in front but Gary Weir netted 10 minutes before half-time. Steven Anderson scored what everyone in the ground though was the winner two minutes into stoppage time, but Whitehill went straight down the park and in the last kick of the ball Andrew Martin levelled the scores to put the game to a replay next Saturday.
Academy were first to create almost straight from the kick-off when Davie Allan flashed a low drive across the face of the Welfare goal but there were no takers to get on the end of it.
James Pickles picking up an early booking after only 3 minutes when he tried to get a boot on a high bouncing ball but he caught Kevin Keane.
Academy enjoyed the better possession in the first period of the match but on 25 minutes Callum Connolly showed neat foot-work to get a yard on Richard Macadie and from 25 yards he hammered a pile-driver into the top right hand corner of Sean McCarthy's net.
Wick Academy 0 - Whitehill Welfare 1
Nine minutes later the tie was level. Gary Weir, who loves scoring Scottish Cup goals, rose highest in the box and he powered home a header from a Danny Mackay free-kick.
Wick Academy 1 - Whitehill Welfare 1
Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Whitehill Welfare 1
Into the second half and Davie Allan drove into the left side of the box and sent a low cross into the box which ran to the back post for Richard Macadie to run onto. From a tight angle he cut it across goal and the Whitehill attempted clearance bounded off a defender and went behind for a corner.
Both keepers had comfortable saves, McCarthy holding a Sean Wringe shot, and at the top of the park Bryan Young saved another good header from Weir at the foot of his post.
Two minutes into injury time and Grant Campbell fired a perfect high pass up-field for Steven Anderson. He took the ball on his chest, got inside his marker Dale O'Hare and hammer a left foot half-volley into the net. The Harmsworth Roar must have been heard all over the time as the home fans erupted with joy.
Wick Academy 2 - Whitehill Welfare 1
So game over, not a hope! Whitehill set up a final attack and Anthony Muir's shot was blocked by McCarthy but the rebound fell to Andrew Martin who was on it in a flash and he stuck home the equalizer from six yards out.
The two teams will meet in the replay at Ferguson Park, Rosewell next Saturday.
Wick Academy 2 - Whitehill Welfare 2
With no time for either side to hunt for the winner, referee Ben Dempster ended the game and the sides will now play again in the replay next Saturday at Ferguson Park.
Full Time - Wick Academy 2 - Whitehill Welfare 2
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||22||14||-||47||-|
|Marc MacGregor (sub)||20||11||-||11||-|
|Gary Manson (sub)||31||14||1||505||36|