Brora Rangers 2
Wick Academy 2

Brora Rangers 

2 - 2

Wick Academy

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
Dudgeon Park
8:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Mackay (63) Penalty
Kyle Macleod
Sam Mackay (pen.) (13)
Craig Gunn (pen.) (60)

Team Managers
Unknown. Tom McKenna

Starting Eleven
Joe Malin
James Ross
James Pickles
Colin Williamson
Scott Graham
Scott Lisle
Martin MacLean
Mark Nicolson
Paul Brindle
Kyle Macleod
Steven Mackay
Sean McCarthy
Michael Steven
Andrew Hardwick
Danny Mackay
Alan Hughes
Gordon MacNab
Sam Mackay
Ross Allan
Jack Halliday
Craig Gunn
Steven Anderson

Cameron Lisle
Jamie Duff
Colin Macrae
Craig Campbell
William Counsell
Danny McCarthy
Grant Steven
Brandon Sinclair
Alan Farquhar
David Allan
Korbyn Cameron

Craig Campbell for Paul Brindle (10) Alan Farquhar for Alan Hughes (61)
David Allan for Gordon MacNab (71)
Grant Steven for Craig Gunn (72)

James Ross
James Ross
Danny Mackay (80)
Michael Steven (80)
Jack Halliday (81)
Ross Allan (82)

Red Cards
James Ross None.

Match Officials

David Watt (Referee)

Match Report

Wick were left paying the penalty having issued two of their own as a pulsating Derby of the North ended all-square. In a match that saw more penalties being awarded than an A9 speed camera, the one spot kick that Academy fluffed proved to be their undoing.
Brora will be relieved to have got out of jail having been 2-0 down but while Wick’s recent unbeaten record has been extended, it should have been with a win – not a draw.
They got off to a flying start in five minutes when Michael Steven’s surge into the box was halted when he was hauled down. Sam Mackay stepped up and smashed the ball into the net – something he should have done later on.
Brora had a great chance to level 10 minutes later when Steven Mackay found space in the area only to see his shot brilliantly tipped away at full-stretch by Wick keeper Sean McCarthy.
Three minutes later, Academy were handed a glorious opportunity to extend their lead when Brora’s James Ross foolishly wrapped his arm around Ross Allan’s neck leading to another penalty being awarded to the Scorries. It is said in footballing circles that if you get two penalties in a match, you change your spot kicker as the last one has already shown his hand and may make a mess of things trying to do something different. Instead of putting his laces through the ball and lashing it into the net – as he had done previously – Mackay looked as if he was taking his very first penalty. While the chunk of turf he scooped out headed towards the net, the ball trundled along the ground to allow Joe Malin a comfortable save.
Brora hit back and McCarthy had to be at his best to save from Craig Campbell’s volley from outside the box.
Seven minutes into the second half, Campbell was again thwarted by McCarthy whose reflexes served him well to save the Brora man’s shot at the near post.
In 58 minutes, Wick were given yet another opportunity to score from the spot when Sam Mackay was upended in the box. Given what happened the last time, Craig Gunn assumed penalty-kick duties and he duly sent Malin the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Wick were looking comfortable so it was only natural a self-inflicted wound would let Brora back in. A needless tackle inside Academy’s box ended up in Campbell being fouled. Steven Mackay gave Brora a lifeline from the spot.
Having been in a position of their heads being down, Brora’s tails were now up and they proceeded to lay siege to Wick’s goal. They got their reward in the final minute when Scott Lisle’s cross from the right found an unmarked Kyle Macleod who headed in past McCarthy.
Brora then proceeded to have Ross sent off for a second yellow card offence but they could have won it deep into injury time on for McCarthy to pull off a stunning save from Macleod.

Match report written by John o Groat Journal - Fri, April 6, 2018.

Squad Statistics (as at April 4th, 2018)

2017/2018 All Time
Sean McCarthy (GK)24 26 - 131 -
Danny Mackay27 3221054
Andrew Hardwick25 16 - 361
Michael Steven28 20123312
Ross Allan24 23120410
Sam Mackay29 257295135
Gordon MacNab23 106166
Alan Hughes22 152653
Jack Halliday23 283444
Steven Anderson25 31814561
Craig Gunn30 1444529
Grant Steven (sub)25 2222088
Alan Farquhar (sub)30 4 - 2764
David Allan (sub)28 41308135

League Table (as at April 4th, 2018)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Cove Rangers 28 25 3 0 +100 78
2. Inverurie Locos 31 22 3 6 +63 69
3. Fraserburgh 28 20 4 4 +64 64
4. Formartine Utd 28 20 1 7 +54 61
5. Forres Mech 30 19 4 7 +33 61
6. Brora Rangers 26 16 3 7 +41 51
7. Buckie Thistle 32 14 6 12 +23 48
8. Huntly 30 14 3 13 -16 45
9. WICK 28 11 9 8 +15 42
10. Deveronvale 29 13 2 14 -8 41
11. Nairn County 28 13 2 13 -14 41
12. Rothes 28 12 4 12 +8 40
13. Clachnacuddin 32 11 7 14 -10 40
14. Turriff United 28 9 4 15 -16 31
15. Lossiemouth 31 4 2 25 -73 14
16. Strathspey 28 4 1 23 -82 13
17. Keith 30 3 2 25 -56 11
18. Fort William 27 0 2 25 -126 2