Colony Locos defeated in final

Colony Locos Daniel Crisp's header just clears the bar against Banchory
Colony Locos Daniel Crisp's header just clears the bar against Banchory

Colony Locos faced League Champions Banchory in the first of three Cup Finals for the Inverurie 19s Side.

The Sunnybank Shield promised to be a good preparation for next Saturdays Scottish Cup final turned out to be far from that as the match turned into a midfield battle with neither side mustering a decent attempt on goal in the first half and both keepers having little too do in a dull opening period.

Keiran Lawrence had a shot past the post in the opening minutes and Daniel Crisp had a header across goal easily smothered by the 
Banchory keeper.

Near the end of the first period Jordan Garrow hard a comfortable save down low before Banchory missed n easy chance with the striker ‘sclaffing’ the ball past the post

There was a greater expectation of some goals after the interval but that proved also to be a false hope as the stalemate continued to the 90 minute mark albeit Banchory looked the more likely winners.

One controversial incident saw Crisp felled in the box with a tackle from behind but the referee deemed the defender had got a touch on the ball before bringing him down

There were half chances at both ends in first period of extra time but neither keeper were required to do 
anything spectacular.

Banchory broke the deadlock with a simple goal as the defence failed to clear their lines and with two minutes left they sealed their victory with goal which once again highlighted some poor defending.

Manager Alan Calder conceded that with two key players ruled out by suspension and only 14 players available it was always going to be difficult against a full strength League Champions. For the Banchory side this was there last match in Juvenile Football, whilst the young Colony side are nearly all available for another season.

Next Weeks Scottish Cup Final in Airdrie has been hanging over the players for several weeks and with Manager Alan Calder already committed to a weeks family holiday abroad, last years Manager Derek Wood will take charge of the side at the Excelsior Stadium on Saturday for what will be the Inverurie sides third Scottish Cup Final.