IT was back to League business for all of the Colony Park Juvenile Clubs last weekend while the Juniors faced a difficult Elginshire Cup match on the road at Nairn. Some tough matches in prospect and potentially a few draws on the cards or the prospect of low scoring games.
Unbeaten this year Colony Park Juniors have been hitting some good form with a couple of big wins against top opponents but Nairn is always a tricky place to go, and with both teams out of contention for the league this offered the opportunity to win some silverware for both sides.
Colony were below par in the first half and trailed by a goal at half time. With the next goal looking crucial it fell to Nairn early in the second half and it looked like the juniors good run was coming to an end. In the last quarter Darren MCGUINNESS scored with a brilliant volley to set up an exciting finale to the game. Nairn had their backs to the wall and Colony had chances to draw level but it was not to be their day and they exited the cup despite a grandstand finish.
League Leaders Colony Park U19s had the opportunity of winning the league with a home match against their near rivals Banchory. However the Deeside team were fighting to stay in the competition and in a disappointing first half the visitors were the hungrier side and took the lead midway through. Things were no better second half and the disciplined Banchory back line repeatedly caught the Colony attack offside when they did get forward and they posed very little threat.
With time running out Colony committed more players forward and were caught out with a breakaway goal to give Banchory a 2-0 lead which was never threatened after that point. The Park face Ellon Meadows on Saturday knowing a win will get them close to the finishing line
The U17s have lost narrowly in some recent matches and as a result the league is shaping up with four potential winners one of whom were opponents Westdyke.
The Park fell behind early and then dominated and equalized when WIGHT scored. Their superiority paid off when they took the lead through a WALLS penalty and ended the first half on top. Despite having the best of the second half they were unable to finish their chances and Westdyke capitalized on some poor defending and took the lead against the run of play.
With two minutes remaining RODDIE looked to have secured at least a point but Westdyke scored with the last attempt of the game giving the Inverurie side no chance to recover. This Saturday they face a tough Sheddocksley team at home in a “must win“ encounter.
COLONY Park U16s traveled to Huntly for a league game, and it became clear from the start that a tough game lay ahead.
Huntly ,with the wind, had best of the early play but Colony passed their way into the game, but failed to convert the chances created. There was a sickening clash of heads before the break and it was Colony’s Phillip Woodgreaves who came off the worst and played no further part in the game.
Colony had most of the ball in the second half but only had a Darren SMITH strike to show for their efforts. Huntly made Colony pay with a late equaliser.
Phillip had to spend the night in hospital with severe concussion and he has no memory of the game at all. Everyone at Colony wishes him a speedy recovery.
These two teams meet again this Saturday in Inverurie.
The Under 16 Colts met league leaders Ellon Meadows at home and picked up a valuable point, but in the end it felt like two dropped as they conceded a goal in the fifth minute of injury time.
Ellon started brightly and could have taken the lead in the second minute through a penalty but Kyle Duthie dived to his right and made a fine save.
Against the run of play the Colts took the lead in the 20th minute when a fine through ball from Joe Robertson set up Billy FLORENCE and he outpaced the defence and slotted well past the keeper. Ellon continued to have the best of the possession but the Colts stretched their lead when Billy was crudely hacked down in the penaltly box and Ryan RAE stepped up with his usual composed finish to put the Colts two up at half-time.
Ellon started the second half on fire and pulled a goal back a minute into the second half - but the Colts dug in and limited the chances created. Ryan Rae was then harshly red-carded midway through the half and a backs to the wall job almost paid off, but Ellon equalised with the second last kick of the ball.
The Under 16 Lads faced a Portlethen side with whom they had drawn a couple of weeks back and played into a fairly strong wind on a beautiful spring day.
Colony started much the stronger of the two teams but in the eighth minute, and very much against the run of play, Portlethen opened the scoring with a well-struck long-range free kick.
The Lads almost drew even immediately with Sam Barrow heading just over the bar from a Ryan Geddes corner.
Soon after, a shot from the edge of the area by Chris Cole forced their keeper into a great one handed save.
Colony conceded a second soft goal in the 25th minute, and only an excellent point blank save by Calum Ruxton in the 34th minute prevented them going further behind.
Going in 2-0 down after dominating much of the first half, in the second half the roles were reversed and Portlethen had much the better of the game and scored another four.
Overall the score line flattered Portlethen and the Lads were punished for playing too square across the back. The Lads get back on the road with a game against Fernhill on Saturday.