5 - 1
Andrew Hunter (4)
Andrew Hunter (21)
Andrew Hunter (39)
Neil Gauld (67)
Neil Gauld (83)
Richard Macadie (41)
Neil McLean (C)
Gordon C McNab
Jack Halliday (41)
David Watt (Referee)
Wick Academy are still looking for their first away win of the Highland League season as they proved no match for high-flying Inverurie Locos at Harlaw Park on Saturday.
Andrew Hunter set the tone for the afternoon after he scored a first-half hat-trick to put his side 3-0 ahead. Richard Macadie pulled one back for the Scorries before half-time, but the hosts re-established their dominance with two goals after the interval without reply, capping a five-star performance.
Wick headed to Aberdeenshire without several key players including defenders Andrew Hardwick and Michael Steven and midfielder Sam Mackay while Davie Allan and Alan Farquhar remain on the long-term injured list.
Danny McCarthy was given the nod as goalkeeper ahead of regular number one Sean McCarthy, who was on the bench while Grant Steven returned to the team.
It only took five minutes for the hosts to take the lead when McCarthy blocked a shot from Jordan Leyden and Hunter pounced on the rebound to net.
Hunter doubled Inverurie’s advantage midway through the first half after a neat passage of play between Duff and McLean proved too much for the Academy defence to handle as the ball was played through for the striker to slot past McCarthy.
Hunter rounded off his impressive hat-trick five minutes before half-time with a venomous low drive which found the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
Wick gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they reduced the deficit a minute later when Macadie unleashed a 25 yard thunderbolt which Locos goalkeeper Andy Reid could only watch helplessly fly into the back of the net.
Inverurie killed off the game midway through the second half when Neil Gauld scored from 12 yards after good build-up play from Duff, Gauld grabbed his second goal in injury-time with a close-range effort to complete a comfortable victory for the hosts who have turned into genuine title contenders.
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Nov 8, 2017.
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