Wick hit six as Coldstream exit Scottish Cup

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The most eagerly anticipated game of the season ended in disappointing fashion on Saturday despite the Streamers playing better than in recent weeks.

Had they of hit the net with the chances that came their way then the outcome may have been different in this William Hill Scottish Cup 1st Round tie.

It was Coldstream who started the brighter of the two sides. Michael Allan looked to have caught Michael Gray off his line with a speculative shot from distance, but it unfortunately went just over.

Kieran Ainslie then went close with a header before Aaron Punton found space to lash one inches past the same post.

The visitors then got themselves into the game and began to pepper Mark Walter’s goal. He saved well from Richard Macadie. Another then hit the side netting before Davie Allan latched onto a through ball to smash the opener.

Further saves from Walters kept Academy at bay, including one that was somehow saved via his face.

With some slick passing and a forward flowing movement, Barry Wilson’s men took full advantage of a gap created by a Coldstream injury down the right which resulted in a cross, converted by Allan for his second goal. Jonny Simpson found his way into the Wick penalty area just before the interval, but after beating two men, failed to find John Crawford with the cutback.

The second half began with some Coldstream pressure, with Crawford releasing J. Simpson down the flank with some fantastic through balls. It was from one of these that Punton was presented with a free header at goal, but Gray somehow saved the effort.

Moments later Pickles thrashed one into the side netting, but it was goal machine Gary Weir who was to net a third and effectively end the game as a contest.

Skipper Sam Mackay then netted the goal of the game hitting an unstoppable shot into the corner. Substitute Craig Shearer then arrived on the scene and his first contribution to the game was an horrendous tackle on Hebdon, who was dismissed for retaliation. Goalkeeping coach Jim Taylor was also dismissed for his verbal view of the incident.

Crawford was denied by Gray from point blank range. The Highland League outfit then made full use of their numerical advantage, and they bagged goals five and six, both via substitute Shearer.

Coldstream: Walters, McLeod, Allan, Birkett, Ainslie, Chisholm, J. Simpson, Hebdon , S. Simpson, Punton, Crawford .