Wick Academy 3
Deveronvale 2

Wick Academy
3 - 2

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Harmsworth Park. Att. 500
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Weir (43)
Gary Weir (56)
Richard Macadie (90)
John Urquhart (46)
Kyle Rae (83)

Team Managers
Gordon Connelly

Starting Eleven
Sean McCarthy
Grant Campbell
Grant Steven
Michael Steven
Alan Farquhar
Gary Manson
Jack Halliday
Richard Macadie
Stevie Cunningham
David Allan
Gary Weir
Darren McConnachie
Kyle Rae
Rory Davidson
Scott Henry
Connor Rennie
Colin Charlesworth
Graeme Rodger
John Urquhart
Liam Archibald
Liam Forbes
Martin Charlesworth

James More
James Pickles
Ross Allan
Alan Hughes
Lukasz Geruzel
Steven Anderson
Jack Presly
Jamie Wilmshurst
Ricky Wardrop
Ross Aitken
Phillip Watt
Felipe Da Silva
Rhys Fyfe

James Pickles for Gary Manson (42)
Ross Allan for Jack Halliday (71)
Steven Anderson for Gary Weir (78)
Ricky Wardrop for Rory Davidson (56)

Grant Campbell (25)
Grant Steven (46)
Michael Steven (47)
Michael Steven (69)
Stevie Cunningham (82)
John Urquhart (20)
Colin Charlesworth (39)
Scott Henry (65)
Liam Archibald (67)
Liam Forbes (82)

Red Cards
Michael Steven (69)
John Urquhart (73)
Kyle Rae (93)
Match Officials

Marin Kerrigan (Referee)
Graham John & Stephen McDade (Assistants)

Photography by Melanie Roger

Match Report

What an opening game to the season!! 5 goals, 3 red cards and more bookings that could be counted on one hand. A ~500 Harmsworth Park crowd were thoroughly entertained as they witnessed Academy getting their season off to a winning start.

Gary Weir scored the only goal of the first half but Vale hit back almost straight from the re-start when John Urquhart headed home a free kick. Weir scored his second to restore Academy's advantage but Vale hit back again this time defender Kyle headed home from a corner.

So a draw on the cards but in the last minute of the game Richard Macadie pounced as a shot came back off keeper Darren McConnachie and he poked home the winner.

Norrie the Scorrie welcomed the teams onto the park as Academy kicked off this year's campaign. It took 24 minutes before the first clear chance was created. Davie Allan stormed up the right flank and crossed to Weir but his first-time volley went over the crossbar.

2 minutes before half-time Gary Manson broke up the left and slid the ball on to Davie Allan. He drove into the box and squared the ball for Weir who hammered it home.

1 - 0

Half Time - Wick Academy 1 - Deveronvale 0

Straight from the restart Vale went on the attack and won a free-kick on the left about 30 yards from goal. The free-kick was floated in by Graeme Rodger and John Urquhart rose highest at the back post to head the ball past Sean McCarthy and into the corner of the net.

1 - 1

In Academy's next attack Davie Allan showed his pace down the left as he hit the bye-line and cut a dangerous cross across the face of the Vale goal but there were no takers to knock it home.

On 56 minutes Academy regained their lead. Richard Macadie took a free-kick on the right wing. Grant Campbell flicked the ball through to Stevie Cunningham who got a great strike on target that keeper Darren McConnachie managed to block but Weir snapped up the loose ball and he stuck it home from six yards out.

2 - 1

On 69 minutes Michael Steven picked up a second yellow for a tackle on Connor Rennie and Academy found themselves down to 10 men.

Deveronvale failed to take advantage of the extra man and went down to 10 men themselves only 4 minutes later when John Urquhart picked his second booking from referee Martin Kerrigan for a mid-air collision with Sean McCarthy.

That set up a cracking final 15 minutes and Vale squared the scores when defender Kyle Rae came up for a corner and he was rewarded with a goal as he headed home.

2 - 2

Into the final minute and the Harmsworth Park crowd were on their feet as Davie Allan again lit the blue touch paper and scorched down the right wing beating two defenders before cutting the ball back into the box for Stevie Cunningham. His shot was blocked by McConnachie but the re-bound fell to Richard Macadie and he got a toe on the ball to poke it home.

3 - 2

The final minute saw Kyle Rae sent off for the visitors for an off-the-ball incident and in the last action of the game Vale won a corner that keeper Darren McConnachie came up for. With home support finger-nails disappearing fast Stevie Cunningham hoofed the corner to safety and referee Kerrigan blew for full-time. The Harmsworth roar must have been heard all over the town as the Scorrie faithful celebrated a great win.

Full Time - Wick Academy 3 - Deveronvale 2

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at August 2nd, 2014)

2014/2015 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)21 2 - 2 -
Grant Campbell - 2 - 26 -
Grant Steven22 2 - 902
Michael Steven24 2 - 1156
Alan Farquhar26 2 - 1803
Gary Manson30 2145834
Jack Halliday20 2 - 6 -
Richard Macadie27 22335133
Stevie Cunningham - 2 - 23141
David Allan24 2120298
Gary Weir16 22349137
James Pickles (sub)23 1 - 656
Ross Allan (sub)21 2 - 1124
Steven Anderson (sub)21 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 2nd, 2014)

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

Manager's Programme Notes

Managers' Views on the Deveronvale Game [Interviews by Will Clark]
Gordon Connelly (Wick Academy) - “Pre season is different from league games as teams allow you to have the ball. Fair play to Deveronvale they pressed us and knew we like to pass the ball, so they tried to upset our rhythm. But the pleasing factor for me is we didn’t give up, we kept going and scored a late winner which was fantastic. I wouldn’t blame the referee for Michael Steven and Vale’s number eight ( John Urquhart) sending offs, as they were for dissent and kicking where both players got caught up in the occasion. The players were so keen to win the game they were maybe guilty of getting caught up in the moment and made challenges they usually wouldn’t have. However, last season we wouldn’t have come back to have won that game as we did not have the mentality and togetherness which we do now have. We’ve have worked hard on improving our mentality and you can see this on the pitch.”

Charlie Charlsworth (Deveronvale) - “I thought it was a card happy game if i’m honest. I don’t think we played very well either and players in certain areas who had not played during pre season showed they need more work. In the last 15 minutes we played better and Academy were forced to change their formation to stand up to us, but then we got sucker punched in injury time. We felt we could have got something out the game and decided to keep two at the top, but with hindsight we perhaps should have kept it steady at the back.”