Lossiemouth 1
Wick Academy 2
League


Lossiemouth 

1 - 2

Wick Academy


League
Saturday, December 30th, 2017
Grant Park
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Ryan Farquhar (38) Gary Manson (pen.) (41)
Jack Halliday (74)

Team Managers
Unknown. Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Stewart Black
Ross Archibald
Ian Macrae
Connor Macauley
Logan Johnstone
Scott Campbell
Scott Dunn
Ryan Farquhar
Aarron Hamilton
David Wilson
Liam Archibald (C)
Sean McCarthy
Danny Mackay
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Grant Steven
Sam Mackay
Jack Henry
Jack Halliday
Gary Manson
Craig Gunn
Steven Anderson

Bench
Brodie Allen
James McLaren
Dean Mcoll
Kelvin MacKenzie
Murray Bushall
Callum Clarke
Danny McCarthy
Alan Hughes
Richard Macadie
Gordon C McNab

Substitutions
Kelvin MacKenzie for Ian Macrae (76) Alan Hughes for Sam Mackay (69)
Richard Macadie for Steven Anderson (69)

Cautions
Not Known Jack Henry (37)
Michael Steven (81)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mat Northcroft (Referee)





Match Report


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.



Squad Statistics (as at December 30th, 2017)


2017/2018 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)24 17 - 122 -
Danny Mackay26 201933
Grant Steven25 1412007
Andrew Hardwick25 10 - 301
Michael Steven27 11 - 22311
Gary Manson34 19258039
Jack Halliday23 192343
Jack Henry26 13 - 13 -
Sam Mackay28 144283132
Craig Gunn30 2 - 3325
Steven Anderson25 19513258
Alan Hughes (sub)22 7 - 571
Richard Macadie (sub)30 198473185






League Table (as at December 30th, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 19 17 2 0 +68 53
2. Inverurie Locos 22 15 2 5 +35 47
3. Fraserburgh 19 14 2 3 +43 44
4. Brora Rangers 18 13 1 4 +39 40
5. Formartine Utd 20 13 1 6 +34 40
6. Forres Mech 20 12 3 5 +17 39
7. Buckie Thistle 21 12 2 7 +22 38
8. Huntly 21 12 2 7 0 38
9. Rothes 21 9 4 8 +15 31
10. Deveronvale 21 9 2 10 -3 29
11. Nairn County 20 9 2 9 -12 29
12. Clachnacuddin 22 8 4 10 -7 28
13. Turriff United 20 7 3 10 -11 24
14. WICK 17 5 5 7 0 20
15. Keith 22 3 2 17 -36 11
16. Lossiemouth 23 3 2 18 -47 11
17. Strathspey 20 1 0 19 -75 3
18. Fort William 18 0 1 17 -82 1

Manager's Programme Notes


Congratulations to Grant Steven who made his 200th competitive appearance for the club today.