2 - 2
2 - 2
Richard Macadie (75)
Marc MacGregor (80)
Dale Gillespie (6)
Dale Gillespie (40)
Marc MacGregor for Gary Weir (63)
||Paul Brindle for Scott Graham (82)|
Grant Steven (8)
David Allan (30)
Gary Weir (43)
David Allan (55)
Danny Mackay (76)
Steven Anderson (89)
|Martin MacLean (55)|
David Allan (55)
Simon MacLean (Referee)
10 man Wick Academy produced a stunning second half come-back recovering from a two goal deficit to earn a draw against local rivals Brora Rangers and in the process putting a massive dent in their title challenge.
A first half double from Dale Gillespie had the visitors pretty much in charge and the game looked all but over when Davie Allan was sent off 10 minutes after the interval. Marc MacGregor was introduced and he set up Academy's first goal for Richard Macadie to head home, and then went on to score a dramatic equaliser that sparked scenes of dubitation at Harmsworth Park.
A massive support approaching 1,000 packed into Harmsworth Park for Academy's last home game of the season. It was the visitors however that started the better and took the lead after 6 minutes. They won a corner on the right that was delivered in by Andrew Greig and Grant Munro's shot was cleared off the line. Dale Gillespie was on the re-bound in a flash and he hammered home into the roof of the net from 6 yards out.
0 - 1
Academy's first half-sniff at goal came after 10 minutes but Sam Mackay couldn't get enough whip on his free-kick and it went straight into the arms of keeper Steven Martin.
Brora were having the better of the game and Andrew Greig had a flashing shot that went just passed the outside of the upright before Sean McCarthy got down well to turn a low drive from Martin Maclean around his post for a corner.
Weir did well to get a shot on target under pressure that went straight to Martin, and up the other end of the park McCarthy did brilliantly well to dive to his left and claw away a header from Grant Munro that looked goal-bound.
10 minutes before the interval Brora doubled their advantage. Zander Sutherland whipped a free-kick into the Academy box and Gillespie found himself in space and knocked home with a free header.
0 - 2
Half Time - Wick Academy 0 - Brora Rangers 2
10 minutes into the second half and any chance of the Scorries getting back into the game looked to have gone when Davie Allan raised his hands to Martin MacLean who had come in on Steven Anderson with a tough tackle and referee Simon MacLean sent Allan for an early bath with his second booking of the match.
The fighting spirit of this Academy team then came to the fore. Marc MacGregor came on for Gary Weir and he swung a cross from the wing into the box for Richard Macadie to rise the highest and he guided a perfect header into the net from 8 yards out, game on!
1 - 2
The 10 men of Academy were giving it their all by this stage. Sam Mackay had a neat exchange with Steven Anderson that set Mackay off on the rampage. He drove up the left flank, cut inside the box and slid the ball across the face of the six yard box for MacGregor to run onto and tap home into an empty net. The Harmsworth roar must have been heard all over the town as the home support erupted.
2 - 2
At the death Brora came close to a winner. A whipped cross from the right wing flashed across the Academy box for Steven Mackay to storm in at the back post but he was inches short on getting a touch on the ball to turn it home.
Academy held fast for the remaining minutes and when referee MacLean blew for full-time the draw felt as good as a win.
Full Time - Wick Academy 2 - Brora Rangers 2
Brora remain top of the table following today's games but they are now level on 79 points with Cove Rangers, Cove however have two games in hand.
Match report written by John Briskham
|Sean McCarthy (GK)||22||43||-||76||-|
|Marc MacGregor (sub)||21||35||11||35||11|