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|Daniel Crisp (73)||
Sam Mackay (35)
Sam Mackay (pen.) (50)
Marc MacGregor (69)
Ross Anderson for Stephen Jeffrey (46)
Martin Bavidge for Connor Rennie (65)
Liam Morrison for Jordan Leyden (77)
Marc MacGregor for David Allan (60)
Alan Hughes for Gary Weir (77)
Colin Macrae for Andrew Hardwick (92)
Stephen Jeffrey (13)
Greg Mitchell (31)
Joe McCabe (43)
Danny Mackay (13)
Liam Duncan (Referee)
Academy started 2017 with a fine 3-1 win over Inverurie Locos at Harlaw Park. A double from Sam Mackay and a goal from Marc Macgregor had Academy 3-0 up with 20 minutes left to play. Daniel Crisp pulled a goal back for the home side but it wasn't enough for Academy to claim their 5th league win on the spin.
In the opening minutes of the game both Mark Souter and Gary Manson had shots that were wide of target.
Just past the quarter hour mark Sean McCarthy was in action in the Academy goal making saves from Locos skipper Neil McLean and then Joe McCabe to keep the scores at zero.
Academy broke the deadlock on 35 minutes when Sam Mackay lashed his shot into the corner of the net from 25 yards out for his 14th goal of the season.
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Colin Charlesworth had a chance just before the break to square things as he broke through on goal but McCarthy made a great blocking save.
Half Time - Inverurie Locos 0 - Wick Academy 1
Locos made a change at the start of the second half, Stephen Jeffrey was substituted for Ross Anderson.
Locos had the first half-chance of the second half when a Neil McLean shot took a deflection and went wide of target.
On 50 minutes Academy doubled their advantage. Referee Liam Duncan adjudged that Daniel Crisp fouled Steven Anderson inside the penalty area and he pointed to the spot. Sam Mackay made no mistake clipping the penalty kick down the middle of the net for his second goal of the match.
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Mackay had a chance for his hat-trick but his well hit effort was saved by keeper Scott Mathieson diving to his right to make the stop.
Davie Allan was replaced by Marc MacGregor and he only took nine minutes to get himself on the score-sheet when he stuck home from an Academy corner.
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Four minutes later Locos gave themselves a life-line when Daniel Crisp pulled a goal back heading home from close range to set up an anxious final quarter hour for the Academy supporters.
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McCarthy was called into action as he saved a shot from substitute Martin Bavidge.
In the last minute of the game Ross Anderson had an attempt that went over the cross-bar and Academy ran down the final seconds to claim a great three points.
Full Time - Inverurie Locos 1 - Wick Academy 3
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||23||15||-||92||-|
|Colin Macrae (sub)||18||2||-||17||1|
|Marc MacGregor (sub)||22||21||6||58||18|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||21||1||-||49||1|
Steven Anderson made his 100th competitive appearance for the club today, well done Ando.