Wick Academy 2
Cove Rangers 3
League


Wick Academy
2 - 3
Cove Rangers 

League
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Harmsworth Park. Att. 450
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Danny Mackay (28)
Marc MacGregor (44)
Eric Watson (27)
Paul McManus (pen.) (46)
Blair Yule (86)

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly
John Sheran

Starting Eleven
Danny McCarthy
Danny Mackay
Grant Steven
Michael Steven
Gary Manson
Richard Macadie
Ross Allan
James Pickles
Marc MacGregor
Steven Anderson
Ross Maciver
Stuart McKenzie
Jason Brown
Stuart Walker
Blair Yule
Eric Watson (C)
Darryn Kelly
Connor Scully
Grant Campbell
Mitchel Megginson
Paul McManus
Sam Burnett

Bench
Michael Gray
Brandon Sinclair
Alan Farquhar
Colin Henstridge
Andrew Mackay
Gary Weir
Daniel Park
Nicholas Gray
Ryan Stott
Alan Redford
Matthew McDonald
Harry Milne
John McCafferty

Substitutions
Brandon Sinclair for Ross Allan (16)
Gary Weir for Marc MacGregor (82)
Daniel Park for Sam Burnett (50)
Nicholas Gray for Paul McMannus (66)
Ryan Stott for Connor Scully (77)

Cautions
Michael Steven (42)
James Pickles (75)
Danny Mackay (91)
Daniel Park (63)
Eric Watson (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)
Barry Stuart & Scott Matthew (Assistants)




Match Report


A late winner from Cove Rangers condemned Wick Academy to a disappointing and undeserved defeat on a gloriously sunny afternoon at Harmsworth Park.

A once-again understrength Academy side fought admirably and matched their title-chasing opponents throughout, coming back from a goal down to lead 2-1 at the break thanks to long range strikes from Danny Mackay and Marc MacGregor.

However, a controversial penalty early in the second half switched the momentum back in Cove's favour and a stunning late strike from Blair Yule secured a vital three points for the Aberdeenshire side.

With Sean McCarthy unavailable, his younger brother Danny started only his fifth match for the club between the sticks.

Steven Anderson returned from suspension, although Sam Mackay was forced to sit out while serving one of his own and MacGregor replaced Gary Weir up front, while a familiar face lined up in midfield for the visitors through former Academy player Grant Campbell.

As expected, the visitors made a strong start winning a number of early corners which the Academy defence repelled, albeit somewhat unconvincingly.

!n the 27th minute Cove took the lead when Yule whipped in a corner. Danny McCarthy rose to claim it but collided with Michael Steven and the ball fell to the feet of Eric Watson who blasted in from close range.

0 - 1

The lead lasted barely a minute, however, when Danny Mackay played a neat one-two with Richard Macadie out wide on the left. Mackay found himself in space and and hit an audacious, spectacular first-time effort from 35 yards which soared over the head of Cove goalkeeper Stuart Mckenzie and into the top corner of the net.

1 - 1

Ten minutes before half-time Mitch Megginson squared the ball for Paul McManus who looked certain to score, only for McCarthy to pull off a stunning instinctive save with his legs.

Some solid defending and terrific midfield battling from Academy was justly rewarded with a half-time lead when Steven Anderson drove forcefully through the middle and Macadie laid the ball off for MacGregor who drilled a low effort into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

2 - 1

Half Time - Wick Academy 2 - Cove Rangers 1

Match report written by John Briskham



Squad Statistics (as at March 25th, 2017)


2016/2017 All Time
Age
Danny McCarthy (GK)18 3 - 5 -
Michael Steven27 28320911
Grant Steven24 26 - 1826
Danny Mackay26 271672
Gary Manson33 28155637
Marc MacGregor22 2876519
James Pickles26 29215616
Ross Allan23 15 - 1749
Richard Macadie29 3112447177
Ross Maciver - 7 - 7 -
Steven Anderson24 301710950
Brandon Sinclair (sub)17 4 - 4 -
Gary Weir (sub)19 254439167






League Table (as at March 25th, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Brora Rangers 31 23 3 5 +72 72
2. Cove Rangers 29 22 5 2 +68 71
3. Buckie Thistle 29 22 3 4 +73 69
4. Formartine Utd 28 19 4 5 +29 61
5. Fraserburgh 30 18 6 6 +32 60
6. Forres Mech 30 15 5 10 +16 50
7. Turriff United 29 16 2 11 +13 50
8. WICK 28 14 6 8 +24 48
9. Keith 32 14 2 16 -9 44
10. Inverurie Locos 31 11 8 12 +11 41
11. Lossiemouth 31 11 5 15 -6 38
12. Clachnacuddin 31 10 8 13 -20 38
13. Huntly 30 9 7 14 -35 34
14. Nairn County 31 7 7 17 -19 28
15. Deveronvale 30 7 3 20 -25 24
16. Rothes 29 7 3 19 -62 24
17. Strathspey 30 2 3 25 -74 9
18. Fort William 31 2 2 27 -88 8