Forres Mech 2
Wick Academy 1
League


Forres Mech 

2 - 1

Wick Academy


League
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Mosset Park
8:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Andrew MacRae (37)
Allan Pollock (60) Penalty
Gordon MacNab (28)

Team Managers
Charlie Rowley Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Stuart Knight
Graham Fraser
Martin Groat
Scott H. Moore (C)
Jordan Milne
Allan Pollock
Craig McGovern
Andrew MacRae
Allan MacPhee
Ryan Stuart
Callum Howarth
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Danny Mackay
Brandon Sinclair
Ross Allan
Richard Macadie
Gary Manson
Sam Mackay
Gordon MacNab
Craig Gunn
Steven Anderson

Bench
Graeme Grant
Owen Paterson
Robert Duncanson
Ross MacPherson
Ruari Fraser
Euan Storrier
Danny McCarthy
Jack Halliday
Korbyn Cameron

Substitutions
Graeme Grant for Andrew MacPhee (79)
Ross MacPherson for Andrew Macrae (83)
Ruari Fraser for Allan Pollock (90)
None.

Cautions
Not Known. Michael Steven (71)
Steven Anderson (73)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dan McFarlane (Referee)
Lee Robertson & Kevin Anderson (Assistants)





Match Report


Academy manager Tom McKenna felt his side did not deserve to leave empty-handed from their trip to Mosset Park on Wednesday night. The Scorries led through a Gordie MacNab strike but the hosts had restored parity by the interval and converted one of two penalties they were awarded in the second period to complete a Highland League double over the Scorries.
McKenna said: “We are obviously disappointed and feel a draw would have been a fair result. But the lads can come away with a lot of pride in the way they played. Time after time we have competed well against the top teams and are not far away from them.”
He felt Forres dominated the first half but Academy were the better team in the second half.
“I was very impressed with Forres passing game and the tempo they played at but our lads deserve a lot of credit for the way they performed and defended. That’s also part of the game. We had chances to equalise but it was not to be,” said McKenna.
It all started well for Academy who took the lead in 28 minutes after creating some earlier opportunities.
They were unlucky not to take the lead in 16 minutes when a Michael Steven header from 10 yards hit the top of the crossbar. A few minutes later, the home side had a chance but Allan MacPhee fired wide from a tight angle.
Just before the half-hour mark, the Scorries found the net when MacNab fired home a well-struck shot from 14 yards.
In the 35th minute Sam Mackay came close to extending the visitors lead when he curled a free kick from 25 yards just over the bar.
Shortly afterwards, Forres equalised when Andy MacRae hit a shot from outside the box. It took a slight deflection which deceived keeper Sean McCarthy and flew into the net.
The home side created some other chances as they piled on the pressure. MacPhee had another effort while a Jordan Milne shot was cleared off the line by Brandon Sinclair.
Forres had a chance five minutes before half time when a Craig McGovern free kick from 20 yards was gathered at the second attempt by McCarthy.
On the hour mark, Forres went ahead when they were awarded what the away fans thought was a soft penalty which was tucked away by Allan Pollock.
Academy kept pressing for an equaliser and on 68 minutes Steven Anderson cut in from the left but his shot was deflected for a corner.
Forres were awarded a second penalty in the 71st minute but Pollock failed to convert it.
Right at the end Academy had a chance to equalise when sub Jack Halliday played in Steven Anderson from just inside the box but he fired over.

Match report written by John o Groat Journal - Fri, March 16, 2018.



Squad Statistics (as at March 14th, 2018)


2017/2018 All Time
Age
Sean McCarthy (GK)24 22 - 127 -
Danny Mackay27 2711003
Michael Steven28 17 - 22911
Brandon Sinclair18 9 - 16 -
Gary Manson34 26358740
Richard Macadie30 269480186
Ross Allan24 18119710
Gordon MacNab23 53113
Sam Mackay29 216290134
Craig Gunn30 934028
Steven Anderson25 26613959






League Table (as at March 14th, 2018)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 23 21 2 0 +79 65
2. Fraserburgh 26 19 4 3 +61 61
3. Inverurie Locos 27 19 3 5 +50 60
4. Formartine Utd 25 17 1 7 +48 52
5. Forres Mech 25 15 3 7 +21 48
6. Buckie Thistle 28 14 4 10 +25 46
7. Brora Rangers 23 14 2 7 +39 44
8. Rothes 26 12 4 10 +14 40
9. Huntly 26 12 3 11 -11 39
10. Nairn County 24 12 2 10 -10 38
11. Clachnacuddin 29 10 7 12 -9 37
12. Deveronvale 26 11 2 13 -8 35
13. WICK 23 8 7 8 +4 31
14. Turriff United 23 7 3 13 -17 24
15. Lossiemouth 27 4 2 21 -56 14
16. Keith 28 3 2 23 -50 11
17. Strathspey 24 3 1 20 -74 10
18. Fort William 23 0 2 21 -106 2

Manager's Programme Notes


Congratulations to Danny Mackay who made his 100th competitive appearance for Academy tonight.