Formartine United 6 – Wick Academy FC 0
Formartin extended their undefeated run throughout 2023 to 12 league games (11 of which were won) in some fashion.
In general, matches against Wick were fairly close affairs although this one was a clear exception as United’s attackers and midfielders put so much pressure on the visiting defenses that they created enough chances to win by a wider margin.
It’s often a sign that the club is suffering from injuries or is short on squad size when they can’t list the full number of substitutes allowed, but Wick arrived at North Lodge with a bench of just three players out and a trial goalkeeper.
And to add to their woes, they left with one less player than they arrived with after a terrible injury to Henry after a duel clashed for a 50/50 ball.
It wasn’t the first time in recent matches that United had started at full capacity and within minutes the visiting back keeper was struggling with his pace, directness and trickery and managed to push the ball and bodies into threatening positions in the wick box.
Lilsle’s sprint to the left drove him past Anderson to flash a solid low ball across the goal mouth that eluded
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A combined effort between Rodger and Gallagher was snuggled on the edge of the 6-yard box.
Fullbacks Smith and Norris exchanged runs for support in wide spaces and Wick struggled to get the ball across in the middle of the way.
In the 11th minute, they were given a short respite after a goal kick that briefly brought the ball into the Voormartin area.
However, it was collected by MacLean who slid forward to MYKYTA in the space of 5 to 10 yards on the half-wick. A quick look at the size of his options preceded a goal execution of breathtaking quality.
He scored that Moore was just off his line and with a left foot that had enough culture to make a gallon of yogurt he lobbed the ball forty yards over the goalkeeper’s head into the net.
It was a good start for United but it came against the backdrop of a tempo of play that was unlikely to last for 90 minutes and a week, a team known for decent organization and fighting spirit.
United generally managed to keep the pace high but Wake soon showed they could ask questions of their own and began to piece together some attacking play clips with the McAddie brothers at their heart.
Mark played in Alan who attempted a shot from 18 yards but found it blocked by McClain.
Other attacks followed but overall Wake struggled to break through the home box.
Voormartin doubled the lead in the 34th minute after some great stuff down the right when Wade combined a great feed from Gallagher and sprinted past Manson and Anderson before hitting the ball left into the back post area.
More got his paw but couldn’t catch it as Liesel ripped in from the left to slam the ball into the net for second on 34 minutes to set up the decider.
The second half opened with United back in full gear and showing their killing instinct as Wade kicked off his hat-trick. He latched on to a ball that Gallagher headed at him and sprinted down the middle, flanked by two defenders. He edged the ball out with the ball still in his control, reached the edge of the penalty area and Moore advanced, lifting the ball over him to neatly put it into the net for 3–0 in the 47th minute.
On the 67th, Rodger and Gallagher followed the lead as they made their way through the Wake area to arrive in time to collect the ball in the center left of the box and bring it home, United came about three minutes later when a short quick corner move between Leslie and Gallagher got the ball to McClain almost on a kick penalty
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WADE completed his hat-trick and final score line with a powerful low shot from Leslie’s feed that was past Moore at the base of his right center.
Celebrations of this remarkable victory were muted.
About an hour after that, Wick’s Jack Henry botched an attempt to knock Park out of his tackle and badly injured himself and had to be tightened with what looked like a broken leg.
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