COLONY Park Juniors defeated Dufftown 3-1 in their final group match of the Grill League Cup on Saturday.
Colony lined up with seven players missing from the squad through injury, holidays and suspension, and included new loan signings from Inverurie Locos, 15 year old Sam Pugh and 17 year old Lee Cooper.
Colony settled quickest but, in the early stages, Dufftown had a couple of good chances. An excellent Colony move ended with a great run and cut back by McDonald finding Craig SMITH to shoot powerfully into the Dufftown net to give Park the lead after six minutes.
In 11 minutes Bobby Maitland picked up a loose ball and fired just over the bar, before Dufftown went close a minute later. On 17 minutes Smith had a good run and shot saved while Dufftown responded at the other end with a shot which missed the target, but the visitors looked the more likely side to add to the scoring.
In 19 minutes a great run and cross by Cooper just eluded McDonald and Smith as it was driven across the goalmouth. The match then had a period mainly played in the midfield until 32 minutes when Sim brought off a great save, but two minutes later he was beaten by a shot which gave Dufftown the equaliser after good play switching the ball from right to left.
In the few minutes before half time the visitors had three attempts on goal while Bonarius had a strike just past the post but there was no further scoring and the teams remained tied at half time.
At the start of the second half Dufftown had a couple of efforts at the Colony goal but gradually the home side took a stranglehold on midfield. In 50 minutes McDonald had a shot blocked which went for a corner, and three minutes later the same player headed against the bar.
In 56 minutes Peden replaced Calvin Roddie and a couple of minutes after coming on he had shot well saved. Dufftown’s striker worked hard for his team and he had a number of chances the best being in 66 minutes when only a great save from Sim averted a goal. Pugh was yellow carded for a fairly innocuous challenge and a further refereeing decision added to his disappointment when he picked up a ball in the Dufftown penalty area and struck a shot which hit the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line with ball bouncing back out. The referee indicated that he was not certain that it crossed the line and no goal was given.
A further soft yellow card for a Dufftown midfielder was followed in 72 minutes with another yellow for the same player and the visitors reduced to ten men.
With the extra man Colony were soon in the ascendancy and held on to the ball well leaving the Moray side to chase the game. Following a great first touch BONARIUS struck a shot into the corner of the net to give Park the lead with ten minutes remaining. Three minutes later Smith hit an excellent cross from the left byline and with Lee Cooper pressing, a Dufftown defender trying to clear the ball unluckily turned it into his own net. Colony brought on Liam Roddie for McGuiness and played out the remaining few minutes to secure a victory.
Overall this was a good win for Colony Park who’s next match is against Superleague champions Culter in the Domino Pizza Cup.
Colony Park: Sim, Pugh, Turriff, McGuinness, Douglas, C Roddie, Smith, Maitland, McDonald, Cooper, Bonarius
Subs: L Roddie, Peden, Duguid