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Academy end winless run in some style

By Alan Hendry

Turriff United v Wick Academy, Wick Academy, Wick Academy FC, Highland League
Turriff United v Wick Academy, Wick Academy, Wick Academy FC, Highland League

TOM McKenna hailed an "absolutely fantastic" display by his Wick Academy players as they ended a month-long winless run with a fine 2-0 victory over Turriff United at The Haughs on Saturday.

Andrew Hardwick got the opener on the half-hour mark, poking the ball in at close range following a corner. Turriff's Ross Anderson was sent off for a second bookable offence before Marc Macgregor made sure of the points after 77 minutes, having been set up by Davie Allan.

Manager McKenna felt his team could have won by a much more emphatic scoreline.

"Everything just came together, the performance and the result," he said.

"The performances have been really good – that's something that we can't question. It was just really getting a result, and the lads were absolutely fantastic.

"We went in 1-0 up and we absolutely dominated in the second half. I don't think it would have been unjust to run out 4-0 or 5-0 winners with the chances we created.

"It's credit to the guys. The last few weeks their attitude has been absolutely excellent.

"In training they've never given up and have shown great application.

"You feel proud and happy for them because they worked extremely hard.

"The defence were under pressure at certain times and they handled it really well. The midfield was full of energy, full of drive. The two Jacks [Halliday and Henry] in the middle of the park were brilliant with their enthusiasm and their energy levels.

"I spoke to both of them before the game and told them, because of the formation we played, 4-4-2, there was more of a demand on them to be a bit more controlled, and they did it very well. We had Gordon MacNab and Marc Macgregor up front trying to bond a new relationship and that seemed to work okay.

"We moved four places up the table as well. It's good for the lads when they look at the league table. It's a wee confidence boost for everyone. In every aspect it was brilliant."

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