Wick Academy U17s keep up their title push
Wick Academy under-17s turned in a solid performance against league leaders Alness on Sunday in what was a must-win match for the young Scorries’ title aspirations.
The 4-0 victory at Harmsworth Park kept their push for the SHFL U17 North championship on track.
Mark Macadie opened the scoring with a superb individual goal in the 34th minute. Collecting the ball just over the halfway line, he drove down the left, cut into the penalty box and drove his shot from 10 yards out into the bottom right-hand corner.
Macadie turned provider three minutes later when, after another drive down the left, his cutback from the by-line found Sam Barclay in the middle of the six-yard box and the striker wasted no time in firing the ball past the Alness keeper.
Twelve minutes into the second half Scott Macdonald extended the lead when he ran onto a pass on the right corner of the six-yard box and his low drive went in at the near post.
Aaron Wilson rounded off the scoring five minutes from time when his shot from the left edge of the six-yard box flew into the bottom left of the net.
Academy now need four points from their last three matches to secure the league title.
Wick Academy under-15s had a hard-fought 3-1 victory over an Alness side who were much improved from the previous game between the teams.
The Academy youngsters were unlucky not to take the lead when some great one-touch football led to Ross Steven narrowly putting the ball wide.
Thomas Pearson, Dillon Alexander and Findlay Marshall were solid and composed at the back and always looking to pass the ball. Wick began to look more threatening in the second third and took the lead with a wonderful strike from a free kick by Connor Farquhar.
A second goal soon followed. Good link-up play from Aidan Miller and Connor Farquhar sent Liam Bain into the box and he coolly slipped the ball past the keeper.
Wick had to make a change when Alan Matheson was injured and was replaced by Lewis Gill.
The young Scorries started to dominate the last third with Bain getting his second of the match. He could have had a hat-trick when Dillon Alexander was brought down in the box but put the resultant penalty over the bar.
Wick had numerous chances but the Alness keeper denied Steven, Bain and Ally Murray. Alness grabbed a late consolation to make the final score 3-1.
Players and coaches were delighted to see a great turnout of parents on such a cold day.