COLONY Park Under-15s were away and back to league action against Byron Rovers after a disappointing Scottish Cup exit last week. Colony took the game to Byron from the off, and their solid defence were mopping up every Byron attack. Colony had plenty of the ball and a lot of attacking football but couldn’t find a way past the Byron back four.
Linton stepped up to take it but pulled it wide of the post. Five minutes after this a potentially offside Byron attacker chipped the ball over Brendan Allan to put Byron in front. Allan kept Colony in the game with an outstanding save against the post and the half ended 1-0 to the hosts. Colony continued to play their passing game and it paid dividends on 49 minutes when a Ruiridh Cole pass found Craig Mackie and his neat pass set up Tommy LINTON to blast past the keeper. Colony only had another four minutes to wait to take the lead as a good Hepburn pass sent MACKIE through and he beat a defender and rifled the ball into the net. Halfway through the half Colony got their third with a great passing move that started with Ben Green winning the ball in midfield and playing in Mackie who in turn fed Elliott Taylor who ran to the touchline and his cross cum shot was parried by the keeper to the feet of HEPBURN who knocked in. Colony made the game safe a minute later when Green headed on to Mackie who powered into the box and crossed for LINTON to tap in from close range. The final goal came 10 minutes from full time when a free kick from just inside the opposition half was launched into the box by COLE and it bounced over the keeper and in. Final score Byron Rovers 1 - Colony Park 5.
Both teams started well in Colony Park under 14s match with Albion probably edging possession and looking more dangerous going forward in the first half. The Colony defence and midfield were working hard to stop Albion getting a grip on the match and were growing in confidence as the match progressed. With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Albion were spending more time in the Colony half and forced Cameron Wiseman to pull off some excellent saves in the Colony goal. With five minutes left, Albion took a short corner and then fired the ball across the box to the back post, where the Colony defender instinctively put his hands up to protect his face, and so Albion were awarded a penalty. The Albion midfielder calmly slotted the spot kick into the bottom right hand corner to make it Colony Park 0 Albion 1. The second half saw Colony showing more composure in possession and they were starting to put some nice passages of play together. There were a few more chances for both teams in the second half but both keepers and defences were on good form. The match finished Colony Park 0 Albion 1. Over the whole match, Albion probably deserved the win, but the Colony players should be pleased with their performance.