COLONY Park Juniors travelled to Cruden Bay with confidence high having opened their league campaign with two victories and finding the net 26 times in their first six matches. Although they defeated the Bay 5-1 in the Grill Cup they were aware that they had lost three times last season so were taking nothing for granted, but goals from Trevor HART , Clark CHRISTIE and a penalty by Matthew MACDONALD saw them run out comfortable winners and retain their position at the top of the league. Next Weekend sees Cup action at Colony Park with Buckie Rovers the visitors in the GA Inter-Regional Cup.
Colony Park U19s took part in the Murray Cup which will determine whether they play A or B league football this season. The new mix of under 18 and 19 players started the match with some early pressure against Deeside Youth who seemed content to hit on the break but rarely troubled Coutts in the home goal.
As a newly formed team it took a while to find their rhythm with play breaking down before they got to the final third as Deeside defended deeply. It was a pretty dull affair matching the weather and didn’t come to life until ten minutes before half time when, in the best move of the match, some slick passing led to an opportunity for Lee ADDISON to finish confidently wide of the keeper.
With a minute to go before the break a vital second goal arrived after a calamity of errors in Youths defence gifted Lewis CHRISTIE the chance for a two goal lead. The Park were dominant second half and two goals from Shaun REID, and one each from Jake ALLAN and Daniel PECK gave them a well deserved 6 -0 win and sets them up for a trip to Stonehaven on Saturday where a win could secure them A League football .
Colony Park U17s kicked off the season against newly promoted Ellon Meadows at a wet Davidson Park.
The torrential rain that the players arrived to had eased in time for play to start and it was Ellon who started the better forcing a couple of corners and keeping Colony penned in their own half.
With six minutes gone Colony took the lead with their first attack as Alex DUGUID picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove forward and from 25 yards hit a low drive which skidded on the wet grass past the keeper.
Five minutes later it was 2 - 0 as a Kieran Lawrence shot was cleared off the line, Greg WOOD charged down the clearance to bundle the ball home. Colony were now on top and the goal of the game arrived with a great move down the left ended with a terrific cross from Scott Abel found Greg WOOD to head home to make it 3 -0 at half time.
Colony dominated most of the second half and Keiran LAWRENCE finished off a cross from Calum Mellis and Darren SMITH made it 5 - 0 with a near post flick from a Joe Burr corner. Manager Derek Wood described it as “A good solid start to the season in difficult conditions”.
The Under 17 Colts team travelled to Oldmeldrum to face Formartine only for the referee to call the match off five minutes prior to kick off and likewise The Under 17 Lads team arrived at Davidson Park in a downpour and too much standing water led to the referee calling the game off on pitch number two.
Next weekend the Colts will host Formartine while the Lads will face Cove.
The Under 16 side also found themselves without a match as Peterhead requested a free date but, with seven Colony teams requiring pitches on a Saturday, The U16 Colts had to bring their match forward to an unusual 11am kick-off time against near neighbours Kemnay. Last season Kemnay only lost out on promotion to the A league by virtue of goal difference so it was always going to be a challenge for the Colts who trailed by three at the interval. Colony failed to finish the chances that came their way and the heavens opened midway through the second half making conditions difficult for both sides but Kemnay ran out deserved winners 6-0.
Albion will be the Park visitors to Davidson on Saturday while the Colts head to Cove.