Wick Academy 2
Brora Rangers 3

Wick Academy
2 - 3
Brora Rangers 

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Macadie (40)
Richard Macadie (47)
Scott Begg (46)
Liam Baxter (56)
Nigel MacKenzie (92)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
Andy Macleod

Starting Eleven
Allan Bokas
Michael Steven
Shaun Sinclair
Gary Manson
Craig Shearer
Richard Macadie
Martin Gunn
Stevie Cunningham
Alan Farquhar
Sam Mackay
David Allan
Daniel Bell
David McGruire
John Mackay
Mark Smith
Evan Murray
Ally MacDonald
Nigel MacKenzie
Scott Begg
Ronnie Jones
Alexander Macleod
Daniel Mackay

James More
Andrew MacLeod
Bryan McKiddie
David Cowie
Gary Weir
Sean Munro
Liam Baxter
Gary Kerr
Scott McKain
Steven Martin

Gary Weir for Sam Mackay (46)
Andrew MacLeod for Stevie Cunningham (82)
Liam Baxter for Ronnie Jones (46)

Alan Farquhar (59)
Richard Macadie (79)
Alan Farquhar (80)
David Allan (80)
Ally MacDonald (39)
Liam Baxter (61)
John Mackay (86)

Red Cards
Alan Farquhar (80)
Match Officials

Graham Fraser (Referee)

Match Report

Brora win the local derby by the odd goal in five. A Macadie double was not enough to win the game for the Scorries with Brora grabbing a dramatic winner in the last kick of the ball deep into injury time, from a Nigel MacKenzie free-kick.

Brora showed early promise and after MacKenzie won a corner on their right, Craig Shearer had to kick the ball off the Academy line. Then Daniel Mackay ran into the box in pursuit of a through ball and fired low to the left of advancing keeper Alan Bokas who stuck out his foot to make a valuable reflex stop.

Gradually Academy came more into a game punctuated by free kicks. On the quarter hour David Allan was floored by David McGruire outside the box down on the Academy left and Richard Macadie slipped the ball to Sam Mackay who shot hard and low but just past Daniel Bell's right hand post. Mackay was chopped down on the right near the halfway line and Gary Manson lofted the free kick towards the back post where Shearer's effort was scrambled away by Bell as Allan closed in, the Brora keeper then diving to save Macadie's follow-up effort..

Academy had more free kicks and corners without threatening the Brora goal until Macadie chased a through ball from Mackay and Bell raced from his line to kick it away.

Meanwhile at the top end Ally MacDonald and Daniel Mackay had shots off target for Brora and when MacKenzie hoisted a free kick from the left touch line high to the back post Bokas spilled the ball which was scrambled away.

Macadie tried a shot from a tight angle on the right while was comfortably held by Bell but the Brora keeper had no chance when Macadie raced into the box to fire a defence splitting pass from Stevie Cunningham into the net from 15 yards to spark the game into life and give Academy a half time lead.

Half time 1 - 0

Within a minute of the restart Brora were level. Scott Begg let fly from 25 yards and the ball rattled the woodwork as it flew into the top corner of the net.

Macadie immediately restored Academy's lead. Allan pulled the ball back from the left side of the box and Macadie made space to slot the ball past Bell.

In the 56th minute it could have been 3-1 as Allan cut in from the right and unleashed a low drive which Bell saved with an outstretched leg.

Two minutes later the scores were level at 2-2. Substitute Liam Baxter outwitted two defenders and drilled the ball low past Bokas.

On the hour Bokas punched none too convincingly at a MacDonald free kick under his crossbar and Mackenzie's rebound shot was deflected.

Alan Farquhar was booked for a foul, a yellow card which would shortly prove very costly. He challenged for a 50-50 ball in the centre circle and appeared to win it cleanly but referee Graham Fraser deemed it a reckless challenge and a second yellow card for the Wick defender saw his team reduced to ten men.

Bell palmed the ball away in a crowded Brora box and in the ensuing stramash no Academy player could force the ball forward. Macadie intercepted a clearance and swept the ball into the middle ahead of Gary Weir but the striker was heavily outnumbered.

As the game went into stoppage time Michael Steven tripped Baxter 22 yards in front of goal and MacKenzie stepped up to drill the free kick low through the wall for a dramatic Brora winner.

Full time 2 - 3

Match report written by Ken Wood

Squad Statistics (as at January 3rd, 2011)

2010/2011 All Time
Allan Bokas (GK) - 13 - 46 -
Shaun Sinclair - 18 - 145 -
Michael Steven20 9 - 12 -
Stevie Cunningham - 1659017
Martin Gunn - 15140376
Richard Macadie23 181219462
Craig Shearer - 19437853
Gary Manson27 17232730
Sam Mackay21 1645023
Alan Farquhar22 18 - 55 -
David Allan21 1767737
Andrew MacLeod (sub) - 10 - 2846
Gary Weir (sub)13 181222174

League Table (as at January 3rd, 2011)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Turriff United 16 11 1 4 +24 34
2. Buckie Thistle 14 11 1 2 +15 34
3. Inverurie Locos 14 10 3 1 +28 33
4. Keith 15 9 1 5 +15 28
5. Formartine Utd 15 8 2 5 +3 26
6. Nairn County 15 7 4 4 +14 25
7. Deveronvale 14 8 1 5 +8 25
8. Cove Rangers 14 7 2 5 +16 23
9. Forres Mech 14 7 2 5 +8 23
10. Lossiemouth 16 6 5 5 +2 23
11. Fraserburgh 15 5 4 6 +4 19
12. Huntly 14 6 1 7 -4 19
13. Clachnacuddin 16 5 3 8 -3 18
14. Brora Rangers 16 5 3 8 -12 18
15. WICK 14 5 1 8 +1 16
16. Strathspey 15 1 3 11 -36 6
17. Rothes 15 1 2 12 -29 5
18. Fort William 14 1 1 12 -54 4