2 - 0
Kyle MacLeod (44)
Craig Campbell (58)
Jack Henry for Jack Halliday (57)
Gordon MacNab for Richard Macadie (66)
Alan Hughes for Marc MacGregor (80)
Sam Mackay (18)
Gary Manson (65)
Danny Mackay (82)
Billy Baxter (Referee)
The new Highland League season started with more than a tinge of sadness as the match began with a minute's silence to mark the passing of Keith FC and Highland League stalwart Sandy Stables.
Brora ran out winners of the first derby match of the season with a goal in each half - The first in the 45th minute when a Paul Brindle shot was well saved by Wick keeper McCarthy but he could only push the ball out from goal and Kyle Macleod slid in ahead of Wick's Danny Mackay to knock the ball inside the right hand post.
The second came in the 60th minute when Craig Campbell ran onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Paul Brindle and, without breaking stride, volleyed the ball past the diving McCarthy.
Wick had started off the match on the front foot - in the first minute Davie Allan picked up the ball on the right wing and drove forward only to be immediately brought down with a tackle from behind by Brora's Ally Macdonald. Academy could make nothing of the resulting free kick - Brora's loanee keeper Ryan Esson watching as the ball flew harmlessly over the crossbar.
Brora's first chance came in 3 minutes when Ally Macdonald ran on to a ball on the edge of the 18 yard box but his shot was well collected by Sean McCarthy. Two minutes later Craig Campbell thought he had put his team into the lead when he slotted home a pass from Kyle Macleod only to see the Assistant Referee's flag up for offside.
Ally Macleod was next to go close when his shot had the keeper beaten but the ball found the side netting.
Then ten minutes of derby day madness by both sides - first Wick's Craig Gunn slid into tackle Martin Maclean, missed the ball and upended the Brora man - next Sam Mackay slid in to collect a loose ball, collected the ball but caught the man on the way through and the crowd were witness to the sight of Zander Sutherland flying through the air -Mackay picked up the first yellow card of the match for the tackle despite his protestations that he got the ball. A few minutes later Brora's Zander Sutherland sent Craig Gunn crashing to the ground.
The next foul could have proved costly for Brora - Craig Gunn brought down by Neil Macdonald on the edge of the penalty box - but Sam Mackay's free kick was well saved by Ryan Esson diving low to his left and pushing the ball away to the feet of Neil Macdonald who cleared the ball upfield to safety.
Brora continued to press and probably should have taken the lead when after a one two between Craig Campbell and Ally Macdonald - Macdonald dragged his shot wide of the post. Finally though the Brora pressure told and just before half time Kyle Macleod was on hand to slot the ball into the net.
The first chance of the second fell to Brora's Paul Brindle after he cut in from the left an unleashed a shot that was deflected for a corner by Jack Halliday. A heart stopping moment for keeper McCarthy from the resulting corner when he was impeded in the air by Steven Mackay and the ball flashed by the Wick far post.
Next chance up for Brora a few minutes later when Craig Campbell drove into the box, slipped the ball to Kyle Macleod, who was only denied by a diving save from McCarthy.
Wick's first chance of the second half came when Marc Macgregor beat Neil Macdonald to the ball on the 6 yard line but the ball spun away as he was about to shoot.
Sam Mackay was next up for Wick but pulled his shot from the edge of the 18 yard box wide of the post
Brora then became the more likely team to score the next goal - a shot from Zander Sutherland flashed across the 6 yard box - Colin Williamson just missed making contact with a cross in from the right - and Zander Sutherland with another shot that beat McCarthy but hit the side netting.
The home side did not have too long to wait tho and Campbell's strike for Brora's second would have graced any stage.
Brora continued to press - Wick picked up two more bookings - Gary Manson for a swipe out at the ball - that made contact with neither ball or man - and Danny Mackay for a crunching tackle that left Zander Sutherland flying theatrically through the air.
2 nil to the home team at full time.
Match report written by Mel Roger
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||25||1||-||137||-|
|Gordon MacNab (sub)||24||1||-||19||6|
|Jack Henry (sub)||26||1||-||17||-|
|Alan Hughes (sub)||23||1||-||72||4|