The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ross proves scorer and provider in con­vinc­ing Huntly win

WICK ACADEMY HUNTLY FC 0 3

- Sports · Huntly

Huntly set up a High­land League Cup quar­ter­fi­nal home tie with Brora Rangers after an im­pres­sive 3-0 win away to Wick Academy.

It was a first away win of the sea­son for Huntly and man­ager Martin Skin­ner was full of praise for for­ward Kai Ross who scored one goal and set up the other two.

He said: “We’re ask­ing Kai to show a bit of ma­tu­rity with his per­for­mances re­cently and he’s com­ing up with the goods.

“He shows the same per­for­mances in train­ing and he’s con­tin­u­ing to bring that into games.

“He got a good header for the first and we’re see­ing how im­por­tant his set-piece de­liv­er­ies are with the sec­ond goal min­utes later.”

After head­ing to Wick with only 15 avail­able play­ers and an av­er­age age of 21, Skin­ner was pleased to see the young­sters play their part.

He added: “Cai Matthew came off the bench to score the third and I’m de­lighted for him.

“We started with three teenagers and took an­other three off the bench in the sec­ond half so it’s clear to see we’re de­vel­op­ing young play­ers at this club.”

Both de­fences and goal­keep­ers en­sured things were kept even through the first half but a quick two goals from Huntly after the in­ter­val saw the vis­i­tors take the lead.

“We’re see­ing how im­por­tant his set-piece de­liv­er­ies are”

Within 40 sec­onds of the sec­ond half start­ing, Paul Essle­mont took ad­van­tage of a de­fen­sive lapse by Sam

MacKay and crossed to Kai Ross who headed in from close range.

Four min­utes later, Ross turned provider to float in a free kick for Essle­mont to head home the sec­ond.

Two min­utes into stop­page time, Glenn Muri­son played in Ross, whose quick pass cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity for sub­sti­tute Matthew to drill low in­side the post for his first Huntly goal.

Wick have not beaten Huntly in six games in all com­pe­ti­tions and Scor­ries man­ager Tom McKenna ad­mit­ted con­ced­ing two goals so soon after the break was costly.

He said: “It was a hard one to take as from that mo­ment your game plan goes out the win­dow.

“Sam MacKay got caught out and they’ve then scored with a free header and you end up chas­ing the game. Credit to Huntly, they were phys­i­cal, dif­fi­cult to break down and de­fended re­ally well.”

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