1 - 2
1 - 2
Craig Shearer (45)
Michael Morrison (pen.) (72)
Ross Naismith (77)
Stevie Cunningham for Craig Shearer (46)
Lukasz Geruzel for Gary Weir (63)
|Daniel Moore for Alan Pollock (70)|
Sam Mackay (15)
David Allan (90)
Martin MacDonald (21)
Michael Morrison (21)
Alan Pollock (44)
Graham Elder (Referee)
Another controversial penalty kick at Harmsworth Park contributed to Nairn County grabbing all three points. Craig Shearer scored a contender for goal of the season, but two second half goals from the visitors within the space of 5 minutes was enough to seal the win.
Academy almost gifted an opening goal to Nairn with 12 minutes on the clock when Michael Morrison had a speculative 40 yard crack on goal. Michael Gray fumbled the ball but Academy cleared their lines after a mad scramble in the box.
Academy then settled into the game and started to have good ball possession but little end result until on the stroke of half time Craig Shearer scored a screamer. Davie Allan started the move as he blitzed up the wing before sliding the ball into the path of Shearer 20 yards from goal and he unleashed an exocet of a shot into the top right hand corner of the net with Nairn keeper Donaldson well beat.
1 - 0
Half time - Wick Academy 1 - Nairn County 0
Shearer's goal was his final contribution as he was replaced by Stevie Cunningham for the start of the second half.
Good work from Richard Macadie almost saw the Scorries double their lead. He ran in and blocked a clearance from keep Donaldson. Macadie crossed to Mackay who slid it to Weir but he fluffed his lines firing wide.
On 72 minutes Stuart Lesley broke into the Academy box and Alan Farquhar slid in and looked to have won the ball but referee Graham Elder pointed to the spot much to the despair of the Academy players and supporters alike. Michael Morrison took the spot kick and made no mistake as he sent Gray the wrong way.
1 - 1
5 minutes later Nairn scored the winner. Academy failed to clear a crossed ball and Ross Naismith dived in with a brave header to send the ball into the net.
1 - 2
Academy pushed to get back in the game and substitute Geruzel sent Mackay through on goal but keep Donaldson was quick off his mark and made a good block to deny Mackay.
It took the frame of the Nairn goal to deny Academy a late winner when Geruzel first headed an Academy corner off the face of the crossbar. The ball bounced back out and fell to Michael Seven and he too hit the cross-bar before Nairn scrambled away the rebound.
Full time - Wick Academy 1 - Nairn County 2
Match report written by John Briskham
|Michael Gray (GK)||-||17||-||74||-|
|Stevie Cunningham (sub)||-||34||-||223||41|
|Lukasz Geruzel (sub)||-||32||8||66||32|