Wick Academy 0
Deveronvale 5
Scottish Cup (1st Round)

Wick Academy
0 - 5

Scottish Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Mickeal MacKenzie (16)
Paul Urquhart (20)
Michael Ewen (29)
Mark Chisholm (75)
Steven Dolan (82)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes

Starting Eleven
James More
Alan Sinclair
Andrew MacLeod
Shaun Sinclair
Bryan McKiddie
Craig Shearer
Gary Farquhar
Gary Manson
Martin Gunn
Richard Macadie
Gary Weir
James Blanchard
Steven Dolan
Greig Pirie
Mark Chisholm
Scott Fraser
Allan Stephen
Paul Urquhart
Fraser Bremner
Michael MacKenzie
Michael Ewen
Mark Cowie

Ryan Robertson
Neil Traill
Stuart Sinclair
John Seaton
Stewart Ross
Bryan Duglonski
John Coutts
Keith Robertson
Graeme Watt
Jamie Fraser

John Seaton for Gary Farquhar (60)
Stuart Sinclair for Bryan McKiddie (60)
John Coutts for Michael MacKenzie (60)
Bryan Duglonski for Paul Urquhart (75)
Keith Robertson for Mark Cowie (75)

None. Mark Chisholm (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ross Hamill (Referee)

Match Report

Academy’s Scottish Cup involvement for this season was snuffed out by Deveronvale today with a comprehensive 5 – 0 win. The game attracted a bumper crowd, but unfortunately Academy couldn’t rise to the challenge of the men from Banff.

It took 15 minutes before the first chance of the game. Paul Urquhart threaded a great pass into the Academy box for Michael Ewen who rounded More but Alan Sinclair cleared his effort off the line for a corner-kick. The resulting corner presented another great chance for Fraser Bremner at the back post, but he screwed his effort wide of target.

A minute later Mark Chisholm marched into the Academy half and had a strike at goal from 25 yards that More comfortably collected.

Michael Mackenzie opened the scoring for the visitors in the 17th minute. He did well to rob the ball off Alan Sinclair, and from 18 yards out caught More off his line and executed a perfect chip that bulged the back of the net.

0 – 1
3 minutes later and Mackenzie displayed some great skills, driving up the left wing before delivering an inch-perfect cross off the outside of the boot into the heart of the Academy box where Paul Urquhart smashed it past a helpless More from 10 yards out.

0 – 2

With 27 minutes played More claimed a high ball, but didn’t manage to catch it cleanly and it fell to Mark Cowie but he blasted over the top of goal from only 10 yards out.

A minute later and Chisholm again drove at the Academy defence, this time getting a shot on target from the left hand side of the penalty area, but More was up to it and made a good save.

It didn’t take the Vale much longer however to increase their lead. A slack pass 30 yards from goal by Gary Farquhar gifted the ball to Mackenzie who played in Michael Ewen. The Academy defence had their hands up looking for an off-side decision, but the assistants flag stayed down and Ewen rounded More and fired home.

0 – 3

Half Time 0 – 3

10 minutes after the restart Academy had their fist chance of the game. Good work by Gary Farquhar played Martin Gunn into the middle of the Vale box, but he screwed his shot wide of Blanchard’s left hand post.

A flurry of substitutions on the hour mark saw the influential MacKenzie going off for John Coutts, and Academy changed things around taking off McKiddie and Farquhar for Stuart Sinclair and the experienced campaigner John Seaton.

Good defending by Andrew MacLeod denied Ewen at the back post as he turned his attempt wide for a corner kick. Allan Stephen got his head to the resulting corner, but directed it straight into the welcoming hands of More.

There was 68 minutes on the clock before Academy got their first attempt on target. Gary Weir broken into the box shrugging of the attentions of most of the Vale back-line, but he could only turn and get a toe-poke on the ball and Blanchard smothered to clear the danger.

Vale got their 4th of the game in the 74th minute. Fraser Bremner crossed the ball from the left and Mark Chisholm rose un-marked to power his header into the net.

0 – 4

Vale were in total control of the game by this stage, and Academy were limited to the odd long-shot at goal, typified by a 30 yard drive from Craig Shearer that just whistled over the top of Blanchard’s cross-bar. That was followed by a 25 yard drive from Manson that went straight into the mid-drift of Blanchard.

Vale went nap with 8 minutes of play left. Steven Dolan had a crack from 25 yards that took a nick off Alan Sinclair and flashed past an out-stretched More into the top corner.

0 – 5

The last action of the game saw Macadie having two attempts to pull a consolation back for the Scorries. His first attempt was a shot from the left hand side of the Vale penalty area that brushed off Blanchard’s left hand post, and his second attempt forced a good save from Blanchard as he got down well to turn the shot around his post.

Final Score 0 – 5

So a disappointing display from Academy today, but Vale march on into the next round. Academy have a free weekend next week, and are then away, in what won’t be an easy game, to Fort William on league duty on the 13th of October.

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at September 29th, 2007)

2007/2008 All Time
James More (GK)19 12 - 43 -
Alan Sinclair - 12 - 17311
Andrew MacLeod - 10 - 1885
Shaun Sinclair - 9 - 59 -
Bryan McKiddie - 11 - 24 -
Craig Shearer - 11127028
Gary Farquhar - 1139523
Gary Manson23 11221820
Martin Gunn - 5 - 31665
Richard Macadie20 102738
Gary Weir10 9611424
Stuart Sinclair (sub) - 7 - 21 -
John Seaton (sub) - 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at September 29th, 2007)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Buckie Thistle 5 4 0 1 +10 12
2. Inverurie Locos 5 4 0 1 +6 12
3. Nairn County 5 3 1 1 +2 10
4. Deveronvale 4 3 0 1 +8 9
5. Fraserburgh 4 3 0 1 +2 9
6. Cove Rangers 5 2 2 1 +10 8
7. Keith 4 2 2 0 +4 8
8. WICK 7 2 2 3 -1 8
9. Clachnacuddin 6 2 2 2 -1 8
10. Huntly 4 2 1 1 0 7
11. Forres Mech 5 1 2 2 -1 5
12. Brora Rangers 6 1 2 3 -4 5
13. Fort William 5 1 0 4 -13 3
14. Rothes 5 0 1 4 -8 1
15. Lossiemouth 6 0 1 5 -14 1