COLONY kicked off yet another home game on a wet afternoon. The drizzle and cold obviously had an impact on a poor attendance, despite neighbouring Inverurie Locos being away from home.
On the quarter hour mark Colony took the lead. Maitland’s first time cross looked to be falling kindly for Peden but the wind took hold and carried it through to Banarius who slotted home at the back post.
On 25 minutes Colony were awarded a penalty. Maitland played a sublime through-ball to Strachan, who jinxed past More and the Duftown player was late with his challenge causing Strachan to crash to the ground.
A great chance for Colony to go two up was, however, thwarted by McIntosh in the Dufftown goal. Banarius’ penalty straight down the middle was blocked by the diving keepers’ legs and eventually cleared.
If the penalty was the turning point in Colony’s match, the resulting award for a goal kick from Garden’s save was to be the start of a downward spiral for the referee.
Banarius had the ball in the net again for Colony after a fine lob from 20 yards. The referee judged Peden to be offside despite not being involved with the move for the ‘goal’.
Just before half time Dufftown leveled. Brown gave away a poor free kick on the left of Colony’s goal and the resulting corner was headed in by the unmarked McGregor .
As the second half started tempers were beginning to flare as both players and managers lost patience with some bizarre refereeing decisions, which affected play for both sides. McManus was booked for Dufftown for a theatrical argument against a simple and clear throw-in given the wrong way.
Just after the hour Dufftown took the lead again, through another controversial refeering decision. Simpson ran past the Colony defence to the by-line but when the ball ran out of play the defence stopped, expecting a goal kick. The whistle never blew and More poked home.
Colony were looking to get upfield as often as possible but the wind was taken from their sails when a harmless looking cross seemed destined for safety in Garden’s arms. The wet ball however slipped through his gloves into the path of Shearer who reacted quickest to prod the ball into the net for 3-1 to the visitors.
Colony didn’t let the goal drop their attacking attitude and with fifteen minutes remaining got a goal back. Banarius headed home after Peden’s free kick missed everyone except Brown at the back post. Brown’s nod into the 6 yard-box was met by Colony’s number nine for his second goal of the game.