COLONY Park went down to a 6-1 defeat by Fauldhouse in their first round Fly Emirates Scottish Junior Cup match.
Before the match started there was need for a kit change with a colour clash and too much red on show.
With no away strip Colony were able to supply the visitors with an old Under 19 strip and the game was able to go ahead .
Colony made an early break in the opening minute but they dwelt on the ball too long and gave the ball away.
This set the tone for most of the first half with Colony at times a yard off the pace although perhaps the semi-pro side were just used to playing in a league where sharpness is required every week.
The first goal for Fauldhouse came on the fifteen minute mark from a corner kick which Colony cleared but Fauldhouse got the ball back and it was crossed into the box for Cruickshank to head into the Colony net.
United continued to dominate and at times Colony were quite literally left chasing shadows on a bright and sunny afternoon and the visitor amissed a couple of good chances before Shanks scored with a tap in to give Fauldhouse a two goal lead with 23 minutes gone.
With Fauldhouse now well on top they continued to take the game to the home side and Martin scored a third ten minutes later when a swift counter attack from some Colony pressure saw the striker left clear just over the half way line and he advanced at pace on the keeper and slipped the ball passed him from just inside the box.
With five minutes remaining Martin added a fourth when he found himself in acres of space at the back post and got on the end of a well-judged cross to steer the ball into the net despite the keepers best efforts to close him down . The game looked over as a contest with Fauldhouse having a 4-0 lead and Colony unable to make any impression on a well disciplined defence .
Two minutes into the second half Cruickshank ran through unchallenged following a Fauldhouse corner to give the away visitors a five goal lead. With Fauldhouse perhaps taking their foot off the gas Colony now had their best spell in the game with efforts on goal from Maitland and Hart.
In 70 minutes a nasty clash of heads resulted in an injury to Ross Crosbie and Gegg of Fauldhouse, with the United player looking like he had sustained a broken nose. Colony continued to match Fauldhouse until the 87th minute when Shanks added a sixth for Fauldhouse. With the match well into time added on McTavish scored for Colony from a free kick for what proved to be a consolation.
Following a difficult first half Colony put up a much better display in the second period but their interest in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup is over for another year.
For their fans Colony Park Juniors seem to be involved in several high scoring games over the last few weeks, some positive and some negative, and they will be hoping this week it will be in their favour as they get back to league duty when they face Buckie Rovers away from home.
Having already beaten the Moray outfit at the start of the month, they will be hoping to finish the month with a similar result but they know they will still need a determined performance to overcome the early league favourites.