Wick Academy 5
Lossiemouth 0

Wick Academy
5 - 0

Saturday, August 4th, 2007
Harmsworth Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Macadie (18)
Gary Manson (22)
Gary Weir (39)
Gary Weir (63)
Gary Farquhar (85)

Team Managers
Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
Tommy Madden

Starting Eleven
James More
Alan Sinclair
Andrew MacLeod
Shaun Sinclair
Bryan McKiddie
Craig Shearer
Gary Farquhar
Gary Manson
Richard Macadie
Stewart Ross
Gary Weir
Craig Masterton
Darren Watson
Gary Youngson
Steven Dixon
Duncan Lamont
George Russell
David Blackhall
Graeme Wilson
Stuart Strathdee
Craig Morrison
Steven Rattray

Colin Sinclair
Neil Traill
Allan Larnach
Martin Sutherland
Stevie Reid
Lewis Robertson
Sean McIntosh
Darren McConnachie

Stevie Reid for Craig Shearer (75)
Colin Sinclair for Shaun Sinclair (82)
Martin Sutherland for Gary Weir (86)
Sean McIntosh for Stuart Strathdee (46)

None. Darren Watson (59)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Bicknell (Referee)

Match Report

Wick Academy got the perfect start to their league campaign today with a 5 – 0 win over Lossiemouth. The result sees them for the first time in their Highland League history sitting proudly at the top of the table on goal difference from Buckie Thistle.

It was a bright but very breezy day at the Harmsworth park with an awkward swirling wind that seemed to occasionally change direction.

The first half-chance of the game came with only 4 minutes on the clock. James More sliced a kick-out from a pass-back and Steven Rattray tried to lob it back over him but he too sliced his kick and it went wide of goal.

Academy’s first attempt came 4 minutes later. Bryan McKiddie did some good work to win a corner-kick, which Richard Macadie delivered into the box. Gary Weir rose above everyone in the centre of the box and got a good header in, but it went just over the top of Craig Masterton’s cross-bar.

In the 13th minute Lossiemouth had another good attempt on goal, when David Blackhall hit the ball on the run with a right foot drive and More did well to get a hand on it to make the save.

On the quart-hour Andrew MacLeod threaded a great ball from deep within his own half through the middle of the Lossiemouth defence, to send Bryan McKiddie down the right hand wing. He delivered a perfect cross for Gary Weir, and from the left hand corner of the penalty box Weir shaved the outside of Masterton’s left hand post.

The first goal of the game came in the 18th minute. Gary Weir did brilliantly at the right hand corner flag to turn and twist to beat two Lossiemouth defenders that were giving him some close attention, and he drilled the ball across goal for Richard Macadie to fire home with a right foot shot.

1 – 0

A few minutes later and Academy went on the attack down the opposite wing, Gary Manson making the run before passing to Macadie and Steven Dixon did well to get something on Macadie’s shot to turn it for a corner.

Academy’s second goal though was not too much longer in the coming, as Weir did well down the left hand wing, sucking in two Lossiemouth defenders before squaring to Gary Manson in the middle of the box. Gary didn’t seem to connect cleanly with the ball, but it was enough to evade Masterton and snuck into the right hand corner of his net.

2 – 0

Academy at this stage were playing some really good football, and 2 minutes after their second goal Bryan McKiddie again terrorised the Lossiemouth defence with another run up the right wing, before passing inside to Shaun Sinclair who fired a good cross into the Lossiemouth box for Gary Farquhar to get a header on target that Masterton saved.

A minute later and it was McKiddie, who was growing in confidence with every touch, once more down the right driving at the Lossie back line. He managed to keep going and dribbled his way into the Lossie penalty box before having a shot that Gary Youngson managed to turn for a corner. Macadie took the corner kick that fell for Farquhar at the edge of the box but he couldn’t keep his shot down and it went over the top of goal.

With just over a half hour gone Academy were creating the most of the chances, and this time McKiddie supplied another good cross from the right which Manson got on the end off and he forced another save from Masterton, who did well to hold onto the ball with players around him.

3 minutes later it was Manson down the left that supplied the ammunition, crossing to Gary Farquhar at the back post. He took it down well, but the ball seemed to take a weird bounce just as he pulled the trigger, and it went wide of Mastertons left post from only 4 yards out.

That was followed by an Alan Sinclair attempt from 35 yards that he hit on the run, this one shaving the outside of Masterton’s right hand post.

Lossies best chance of the half came in the 35th minute. There was hesitation in the Academy defence when More seemed to be caught off his line by a Craig Morrison shot. He managed to parry it out but it fell to Stuart Strathdee and with players falling all around the ball More managed to smother Strathdee’s shot on goal.

Academy then went on to score a crucial goal to go 3 ahead. Weir, Manson, and Macadie combined with some really good crisp passing to cut through the Lossie defence where Macadie supplied the final pass to Weir and he slotted home with a cool finish from 6 yards out.

3 – 0

Half time 3 - 0

Lossiemouth made the first change of the game taking on Sean McIntosh for Stuart Strathdee.

The second half started a bit scrappily with the wind freshening and that seemed to affect both teams. It was 10 minutes before the first attempt on goal when McKiddie skinned David Blackhall down the wing, drove in on goal but Masterton saved his shot. The ball came back out for Weir who had a first-time shot, but Masterton again saved the day blocking with his feet.

On the hour Academy won a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Gary Farquhar took it floating the ball into the box for Weir to head across goal and Craig Shearer just failed to connect at the back post.

Lossiemouth to their credit kept plugging away and a minute later they had another good chance to pull one back. Andrew MacLeod dithered in defence with the ball at feet, and substitute McIntosh stole it from him, ran in on goal but was denied by More who made a great save with his feet.

Weir sealed the game with his second goal in the 63rd minute. It came from a Gary Manson shot that he sliced and it went wide of goal but stayed in play and McKiddie did well to collect it at the back post. He squared to Weir in the middle of the box and he again showed a cool head to burry the ball in Masterton’s net.

4 – 0

More heartache for Lossie in the 76th minute as they came so close yet again to pulling one back. Craig Morrison out-jumping the Academy defence to get a header on goal that beat More, but it hit off the bottom of his left hand post, and ran back across the goal-line with no takers on hand to knock it home.

2 minutes later the woodwork again came into play this time denying Gary Weir his second hat-trick in a week, as his 20 yard shot smacked off the Lossiemouth post.

The game surged back into the Academy half, and Lossie had two half-chances in the space of as many minutes. The first came from a Morrison shot that went just wide of target, and that was followed by a Blackhall 25 yard free-kick that once more went just wide of the upright.

The best goal of the game came with 5 minutes left of play. Gary Manson took an Academy free-kick about 30 yards from goal. He rolled it forward to Macadie who squared for Gary Farquhar and he hit as crisp a drive from about 28 yards out as you are likely to see into the top right hand corner of Masterton’s net. This one would be a contender for any goal of the season award!

5 – 0

Full time 5 - 0

The views of both managers after the game were as follows:

Ian Munro
“We were absolutely delighted with the performance of our team. We carried on where we left off on Tuesday night against Brora. We had to work hard in the first 20 minutes to break down the Lossie defence, but once we got our first goal we were fairly comfortable. We totally dominated the game, we scored 5 and we could have had a few more. Gary Weir has really been on fire with 5 goals in 2 games.

We had a few players missing and some others will be missing for the next few games so it was great to see the contribution from young Bryan McKiddie who was immense all over the park. Craig Shearer came back into the team and he will have an important role for the next few games. It is also good to see Alan Sinclair back. He is working hard on his fitness and improving all the time.

Tommy Madden
Tommy explained his teams defeat saying “We had players missing today, two injured, two working, two on holiday, and two at a wedding, so we fielded a few youngsters. We missed a few chances in the first half including a particularly good one with the score at 2 – 0. If we had gone in 2 – 1 down at half time we might have made a game of it. All credit to Wick for playing so well to win the game.”

Match report written by John Briskham

Squad Statistics (as at August 4th, 2007)

2007/2008 All Time
James More (GK)18 2 - 33 -
Alan Sinclair - 2 - 16311
Andrew MacLeod - 2 - 1805
Shaun Sinclair - 2 - 52 -
Bryan McKiddie - 2 - 15 -
Craig Shearer - 1 - 26027
Gary Farquhar - 218621
Gary Manson23 2120919
Richard Macadie20 21657
Stewart Ross - 2 - 809
Gary Weir9 2510723
Colin Sinclair (sub) - 1 - 5 -
Martin Sutherland (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Stevie Reid (sub) - 1 - 12210

League Table (as at August 4th, 2007)

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