It was a sad week for juvenile football with the news of the untimely death of Raymond Kelly at the age of 56, after a battle with cancer.
As secretary of the Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association and president of the Scottish Youth Football Association he had an enormous influence on youth football in the North east and Scotland generally.
This was Raymond’s 26h year in charge of the Aberdeen and District Juveniles and as a mark of respect all ADJFA games observed a minutes silence before the matches last weekend.
With the Juniors having a free date, the spotlight fell on the colony youngsters and league leaders Colony Park U19s were at home to Ellon Meadows on Saturday knowing a win would get them close to the finishing line and maybe even over it dependent on results elsewhere.
The game kicked off with both teams making a bright start and it was Colony who made the brake through, Ryan Reid sent a ball into the middle for Rory MacDonald and he found Euan Lawrie with his pass.
A neat one two between Lawrie and Shaun Reid sent LAWRIE through into the box and he calmly clipped the ball past the Ellon keeper.
From an Ellon free kick Colony failed not once but twice to clear the ball and again Ryan Gordon produced a fine save to keep Colony’s noses in front.
Although not playing well Colony didn’t look like conceding and it was a bit of a surprise Ryan Gordon mishandled the ball under pressure and an Ellon attacker rolled the ball into the net from the easiest of chances.
In the second half was Ellon who created the first real opportunity when a lobbed effort just cleared the bar. With the Colony manager looking to replace Darren Coutts struggling with a back injury keeper Ryan Gordon then fell awkwardly under the challenge of an Ellon attacker and had to be replaced by Ramage, Colony’s only sub.
From a free kick Shaun Reid sent a good ball into the box which was headed goal ward by Craig Smith and Rory MacDONALD reacted quickest to smash the ball home to give the Park a goal advantage . Colony then worked the ball well down the right and Rory MacDonald sent Lee ADDISON through and he made no mistake with a smart finish.
The game was effectively over as a contest and Colony saw it out to record their eighth league win giving them an eight point lead over near rivals Banchory who lost to Fernhill and ensuring the Inverurie side lifted the league title.
Colony face Ellon again next week in the semi-finals of the Frank Waugh Trophy.
The Colony Park U17s had a late call off as Sheddocksley could not field a team .
Colony Park U16s were at Davidson Park against last weeks opponents Huntly for the return league game expecting a tough encounter following the points being shared seven days before Colony were desperate to get the three points but it was Huntly who dominated the early play and Colony struggled to put any pressure on the Huntly defence.
Huntly were unlucky to see a shot come off the bar and be cleared. The home side slowly came into the game and won a procession of corners, Scott ABEL getting on the end of one to open the scoring.
The goal settled Colony and they started to pass the ball around and Alex DUGUID put the finishing touches to a terrific move which started with Greg Collie in goals.
Colony dominated most of the second half but the third goal never came until ten minutes from time when a Calum Mellis shot came off the post and Dean STILL applied the finish.
Not Colony’s finest performance but a good three points which they will hope to repeat next weekend against Deveronvale.
Colony U16 Lads lost out 5 0 to Fernhill in the league and face another tough match this weekend as they welcome Cruden Bay.