WITH Colony Park U19s, U16s and U16 Colts all idle as a result of frozen pitches, the U17s fourth round Scottish Cup tie went ahead in Grangemouth against Syngenta Grange.
The game got off to the worst possible start when a loose pass was pounced on and the Syngenta player made no mistake hitting his shot in off the far post with barely a minute gone. Colony equalised when Grant DAWSON latched on to a free kick at the back post and steered the ball past the keeper.when. Syngenta took the lead once more, before Colony were denied a penalty when Joe Burr was bundled over by the keeper. Despite terrific commitment from all the Colony players they did not get the rub of the green and exited the competition.
The U17 Colts Team travelled to Aulton to face Fernhill Rovers for the first time in competitive football and despite corner after corner and attack after attack, they couldn’t find the early breakthrough. Fernhill hit Colony on the break and a long ball over the top left a striker clear and he finished comfortably from the edge of the box.
With only 15 minutes to go, Ryan Mutch and Jake Stewart combined to free Billy FLORENCE and he found the corner of the net. But Colony pressed the self-destruct button, from their own goal kick, too much space was left in the middle and a Fernhill player fired home from outside the box. They were caught on the break again with little more than two minutes to go. To their credit, they got a goal back when Jamie Mair was fouled in the penalty box and Ryan RAE finished with his usual aplomb. But time ran out on them and left them with a 3-2 defeat and a bitter taste in the mouth.
On Sunday Colony Park U15s were at home in league action to Stonehaven on a wet miserable day. The weather conditions seemed to affect Colony and they found themselves 1-0 down after quarter of an hour. Colony fought back and equalised 5 minutes from half time when a pass from Ben Green found Ryan Harper on the left and his driven cross was knocked in by Ben DUNCAN. Colony continued to press in the second half and a neat one touch passing move involving Greg Taylor, Duncan and Green released Craig MACKIE at the edge of the box and he drove forward and hit the target. The lead was only to last for 5 minutes when a communication mix up between goalkeeper and defence allowed the Stonehaven striker a simple tap in. With five minutes left Colony were in front again when Tommy Linton worked a neat one two with Taylor and LINTON slotted past the keeper. The game was finally settled with two minutes left when a Mackie pass picked out Duncan, and his cross was knocked in from four yards by LINTON to make the final score Colony Park 4, Stonehaven 2.
The U14s match was in doubt due to one of the goal mouths being a bit waterlogged, but the game got the go-ahead.
There were several half chances for both teams in the first 15 minutes, but the first clear chance came for Colony when Sam Robertson made a direct run down the right wing, cut inside and slotted a nice through ball to Cameron SMITH on the edge of the 18 yard line and with a good first touch he curled his shot over the keeper and into the net to open the scoring. With half time approaching, PLF did manage to get an equaliser after their striker turned well on the by line and then slotted the ball past Cameron at the near post. With about 15 minutes remaining, PLF had a corner, and after a few touches from both teams inside the box, the ball dropped for their striker who managed to poke the ball into the Colony goal to take the lead. Colony were pushing hard for an equaliser, and they were rewarded with five minutes remaining, when the ball was half cleared by the PLF defence, it rolled out to Jordan Cooper whose well struck first time shot from about 25 yards out, looped over the keeper and just dropped below the crossbar to make the final score Colony Park 2, PLF 2.
With Colony U13s sitting top of the table, and so far, having a season of big wins Turriff Bombers had other ideas. Turriff opened the scoring in nine minutes, but in the 19th minute Rian Wilson’s solo run down the right wing culminated in a shot that was blocked by the Turriff defence, but Callum SEYMOUR latched on to the rebound to equalize. Turriff came back strongly and just before half time, took the lead for the second time. Within the first 15 minutes of the second-half Colony’s Adam SMITH scored a brace of goals in the space of three minutes to turn the score round and Colony were suddenly on top, but Turriff, upped their energy levels and scored a well worked goal with a series of passes and a shot low into the corner of Macdonald’s net. Colony responded when Adam SMITHS pace took him through on goal with a decent finish to restore the lead. The Turriff keeper then made three good saves in as many minutes to keep his teams hopes alive but SMITH won possession on the right and driving into the box fired a shot at the angle past the Bombers keepers putting two goals between the sides and making a visitors comeback look less likely. Colony finished the stronger side in what was their most competitive league match by far, Colony Park 5, Turriff 3.