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|Ryan Farquhar (38)||
Gary Manson (pen.) (41)
Jack Halliday (74)
Liam Archibald (C)
Gordon C McNab
|Kelvin MacKenzie for Ian Macrae (76)||
Alan Hughes for Sam Mackay (69)
Richard Macadie for Steven Anderson (69)
Jack Henry (37)
Michael Steven (81)
Mat Northcroft (Referee)
The festive season proved fruitful for Academy as Jack Halliday’s second-half strike ensured they ended 2017 with their first victory on the road in this season’s Highland League campaign.
After falling behind late in the first half, the Scorries levelled just before the interval then the midfielder tucked away what proved the winner 16 minutes from time.
The match at Grant Park was one of only two games in the league that beat the cold snap last weekend with manager Tom McKenna delighted to add a win to last week’s 1-1 home draw against Nairn County.
Marc Macgregor didn’t pass a late fitness test after failing to recover from a knock he sustained against Nairn while Ross Allan and new signing Gordy Macnab were also out through injury. However, veteran full-back Gary Manson was passed fit to make the trip to Lossiemouth, having made a full recovery after a knock he sustained in the County match.
Academy’s search for their first away victory of the season almost saw them fall behind within the opening minutes when Scott Dunn’s lob from the edge of the box flashed just wide.
But on 38 minutes Ryan Farquhar’s strike proved too powerful for Sean McCarthy to handle as the hosts went in front.
It was a short-lived lead. Three minutes later Academy were awarded a penalty and Manson kept his composure to tuck the spot-kick past keeper Stewart Black.
Academy started the second half off well with Sam Mackay seeing his corner kick elude a crowded six-yard box before coming back off the goal frame. New signing Craig Gunn came close to bagging his first goal for Academy when his shot from the edge of the box whistled inches over the bar.
McCarthy had to be alert when Lossie’s Dunn directed a powerful header towards goal with the keeper springing to gather the ball comfortably.
In a tight second half where both teams continued to create chances, Halliday proved to be the difference. He bagged the winner on 74 minutes with a deflected shot to move Academy seven points ahead of the bottom four as they reach the halfway point of the season.
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, Jan 3, 2018.
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||24||17||-||122||-|
|Richard Macadie (sub)||30||19||8||473||185|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||22||7||-||57||1|
Congratulations to Grant Steven who made his 200th competitive appearance for the club today.