Colony Juniors go 7-up at Aberdeen University

Colony Juniors Jack Strachan hit a first half hat-trick against Aberdeen University on Saturday.
Colony Juniors Jack Strachan hit a first half hat-trick against Aberdeen University on Saturday.

Colony Park Juniors recorded an excellent 7-2 win away from home against Aberdeen University to maintain their challenge for the PMAC Group Division 1 East title.

The Inverurie side produced a powerhouse first half performance scoring seven goals. However to their credit the University team worked hard in the second half to restrict Colony from adding any further goals.

Colony Park opened the scoring in the first minute when Jack STRACHAN cleverly lobbed the varsity keeper with his shot going into the net via the bar. Five minutes later STRACHAN added his and Colony Park’s second goal when he picked up a long ball and cut in from the left wing before placing his shot into the corner of the net.

Park had the ball in the varsity net following a Mess header from a corner but the referee ruled that the keeper had been fouled. The third goal for Colony came after 25 minutes when Adam MAITLAND picked up a loose ball in the box and struck the ball past the University keeper. A minute later Colony’s keeper the Grant Sim brought off a brilliant save, diving full length to turn a goal bound shot round the post. Colony continued to drive forward and they added a fourth goal when Strachan passed to Bobby MAITLAND who fired in from close range in 31 minutes. Colony were playing with confidence producing flowing movement across the pitch. This was epitomised by the fifth goal in the 37th minute when a move, which started from Colony’s penalty area, ended seconds later with a Bobby Maitland cross from the right finding Craig ROSS at the far post and he brilliantly struck the ball into the roof of the net. Five minutes later Park added a sixth when an Adam Maitland free kick on the right close to the bye line found Roddy MESS who headed the ball past the University keeper. Jack STRACHAN added a seventh almost immediately. Just before the half time break Aberdeen University scored to make the 7-1 to Colony Park at the interval.

Colony Park started the second like the first going forward and forcing an early corner which the university team cleared. Unlike the first half however the varsity team held on and started pressing the Colony players with much of the game now being played in the space between the penalty areas limiting scoring opportunities for both sides. Park made a couple of substitutions after the hour mark with Chris Ness and Kevin Bonarius replacing Peter Douglas and Craig Brown respectively. In 73 minutes Aberdeen University added a second goal to their tally with a header. Sim produced another outstanding save in 81 minutes while Adam Maitland and Strachan had chances which went close. However Colony Park were unable to add to their seven first half goals before the final whistle.

Colony Park Juniors: Sim, Douglas, Crosbie, Turriff, Davidson, Walker, Mess, B Maitland, Brown, Strachan, Bremner, Ross, A Maitland

Subs: Marwick, Bonarius, Ness, Dorrat, Craib

Colony Park Junior’s next league match is away against Glentanar on Saturday, (March 14), kick-off is at 2pm.