3 - 1
Alan Redford (6)
Connor Scully (58)
Martin Johnston (61)
David Allan (35)
Dean Lawrie for Stirling Smith (46)
Ryan Stott for Richie Singer (64)
James Pickles for Craig Shearer (67)
Lukasz Geruzel for Richard Macadie (67)
Ross Allan for Gary Weir (77)
Jordan Leyden (73)
Connor Scully (73)
Sam Mackay (83)
Morag Pirie (Referee)
Academy face Cove Rangers today in the top of the table clash at Allan Park. There was frost in Cove through the night but the park is fine.
Academy have a full squad available today for what will I am sure be a very tough game. The last time we won down in Cove was in October 2003, so hopefully we can get the result today that will keep us top of the table.
The home side take the lead in 6th minute. Michael Gray made a good save knocking a Jordan Leyden short around the post for a corner. The corner was floated into the box and Alan Redford drifted off Grant Steven and headed the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards out.
0 - 1
Academy have a chance but keeper Stuart McKenzie got a strong hand to a Davie Allan shot to keep his net intact.
Half an hour played and it's a mid-field battle with neither side managing to get another serious attempt on target.
Academy square the scores in the 35th minute. Craig Shearer sent Gary Weir off on an attacking run. Davie Allan ran inside Weir and powered past two defenders as Weir laid the ball into his path. Keeper McKenzie tried to narrow the angle but Allan kept his cool and slotted home inside the left post with his left foot from 12 yards out for his 7th league goal of the season.
1 - 1
Half Time - Cove Rangers 1 - WAFC 1
Kevin Tindal makes a change at the start of the second half with Dean Lawrie coming on for Stirling Smith.
With 7 minutes of the second half played Academy are denied a stone-wall penalty. Davie Allan worked his way into the box and just as he was about to pull the trigger a defender took the legs from him, but despite the protests from the Academy players referee Morag Pirie was having none of it and waved play on.
Academy have started the better but the home side take the lead just before the hour mark with a really poor goal from our point of view. The ball is played up the right flank and is crossed into the box. Alan Farquhar rose to challenge with Connor Scully. Michael Gray came out to try to clear but the ball came off the back of Scully's head and into the net from 12 yards out.
2 - 1
The home side score another within the space of 3 minutes. They broke down the left flank before the ball was delivered square for Martin Johnston and he slotted home inside Gray's right hand post.
3 - 1
Academy break up-field and in a mad scramble in the Cove box Michael Steven had a shot at the back post that was cleared off the line by Dean Lawrie with keeper McKenzie beaten.
Barry Wilson makes a double change with Lukasz Geruzel and James Pickles coming on for Craig Shearer and Richard Macadie.
Academy keep plugging and Davie Allan has a shot from 18 yards that drifted just wide of the left hand post.
Full Time - Cove Rangers 3 - Wick Academy 1
The result lifts Cove above us in the table, but we are still sitting second and now have Strathspey at home next weekend, with Cove away to Buckie Thistle.
Match report written by Alan Farquhar
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||19||-||44||-|
|James Pickles (sub)||22||17||2||17||2|
|Ross Allan (sub)||19||16||-||76||1|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||17||7||17||7|