2 - 3
2 - 3
Richard Macadie (40)
Richard Macadie (47)
Scott Begg (46)
Liam Baxter (56)
Nigel MacKenzie (92)
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
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)
Alan Farquhar (80)
Graham Fraser (Referee)
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
|Allan Bokas (GK)||-||13||-||46||-|
|Andrew MacLeod (sub)||-||10||-||284||6|
|Gary Weir (sub)||13||18||12||221||74|