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|David Ross (39)||
Gordon MacNab (22)
Gary Manson (78)
Cameron Bowden (C)
Barry Thompson (T)
Leszek Wozniak for Adam Cross (73)
Nikolas Nowosielski For Calum Reid (80)
Owen Cairns for David Ross (80)
Alan Hughes for Gordon MacNab (72)
Ross Allan (64)
Will Smith (Referee)
A fantastic strike by long-serving midfielder Gary Manson sealed three hard-earned points in Turriff on Saturday. Manson, who is in his 18th season with the Scorries, got the ball from a corner kick in the 78th minute and struck it sweetly, his shot rocketing into the net. The victory gives Academy a much-needed boost at the start of a gruelling spell which sees them travel to play Forres Mechanics tonight and runaway Highland League leaders Cove Rangers on Saturday.
Gordie McNab had fired the visitors in front at The Haughs with David Ross restoring parity before the interval. After Manson’s strike, Tom McKenna’s men weathered some late pressure before they could celebrate the win.
“It was a fantastic goal by Gary and well-deserved as he worked hard throughout the game,” said McKenna. “He is a credit to the club and can play anywhere. He always does his job and never lets you down.”
He added: “Over the 90 minutes, I think we edged it. It was a close game and both teams worked really hard but I think we deserved the three points. Turriff put us under a lot of pressure in the last 10 minutes but we defended well and managed to get the win.
“We are collecting the points but are not moving anywhere in the league table. That is eight games now we have gone undefeated – four wins and four draws. Winning games helps build confidence. We have a lot of quality and self-belief and are playing good football.”
Turriff, who are a place below Academy with a game more played, were keen to get a victory for new manager Kris Hunter in his second stint with the club. But it was the visitors who struck first, midway through the first half. A Craig Gunn cross was met by McNab and he headed the ball into the net.
As half time approached, the home team got back into the game when Ross netted after a pinball sequence in the penalty box.
Both teams pressed for a winner in the second half and both had chances but just when it looked like the game was heading for a draw, Manson unleashed his thunderbolt. From an Academy corner, the ball landed at Manson’s feet with his 20 yarder bearing Turriff keeper Aaron Sherman all ends up.
“It was a fantastic goal and one worthy of winning any game,” said McKenna.
Academy will have little time to reflect on the victory as they prepare for today’s trip to sixth-placed Forres.
McKenna said: “We have 12 games left and only four are at home. That will be a difficult challenge and another hurdle to overcome with a lot of travelling and midweek fixtures involved but we will just keep plugging away and do the best we can.”
Match report written by Caithness Courier - Wed, March 14, 2018.
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