Colony Park round-up

The Under 19 Park headed to Fraserburgh in the Sunnybank Shield second round. Colony started well and were one up after five minutes, Lamb running on to a good through ball to round the keeper and finish well. The first half continued with some strong tackles and attacking play from both sides but with no change to the score line. Colony started the second half in impressive form and a well-taken free kick was headed in by MacDonald to make it 2-0. Fraserburgh hit back straight away when they broke well down the right and a well hit cross drifted over Ramage in goal to make it 2-1. From then on it was all Colony, some of the best football of the match and some nice interplay from Addison and MacDonald saw Lamb through on goal again and he got his second to make it 3-1. Walls wrapped up the win with a strong run and deflected finish for 4-1 and a place in the next round.

The Park 17’s travelled to Woodside for the third round of the Scottish Cup. B league side Glentanar had already recorded two wins against A league opposition this season so Park players were well warned that they would have to work hard to advance in the competition.

Glentanar started brightly but Colony slowly played their way into the game and got their reward when good play up the right and a low cross from Calum Mellis was dispatched by Greg Wood. There was a disallowed goal and a few spurned chances before a lovely back heel from Alex Duguid set up Mikey Watson to fire home the second just on half time.

Mellis took matters into his own hands and hit a shot from fully 30 yards which caught the keeper out to make it 3-0. That should have been game over but in desperation to add to the tally left the back door open and were punished as the Glentanar striker finished well. Then Colony looked a a bit shaky as Glentanar sensed a way back into the game. Duguid then settled any nerves with a rocket from 20 yards. At 4-1 it was game over but Colony kept the pressure on their opponents . WOOD who had opened the scoring added his second when he flicked in at the near post from a corner . Number six came when Scott Abel manged to get to the byline and cut back a cross for Greg Wood to complete his hat trick with a simple tap-in. Fittingly Wood grabbed the last goal of the game when he latched on to a through ball into the corner of the box which he hit first time to take the score to 7-1, a result which was a bit harsh on a spirited Glentanar but a job well done for Colony. They now look forward to an away day in the Scottish to Grangemouth to face Sygneta Grove a  week on Sunday.

The Under16 Colts were looking to provide a cup upset as they faced A League side Westdyke in the President’s Cup. The game started well with The Colts asserting their dominance early. In the second minute Conor Bolda played a great through ball to Greg Center who dribbled passed three opposing defenders before being brought down in the penalty area. Daniel Watt kept his cool and slotted the spot kick into the bottom corner. 1-0 Colts. The frantic start to the game continued and within a minute there was a handball shout in the Colts box. The referee opted to point to the spot again and Westdyke had the a golden chance to level the game. The Westdyke striker had beaten Shanks in the Colts goal but his strike was only able find the post, allowing the defence clear the ball. Colts maintained their dominance in midfield and continued to pressure the Westdyke defence. After 10 minutes the Colts doubled their lead when Greg Center glided past the defence with ease and smashed the ball into the top corner for 2-0 Colts.

Westdyke managed to draw the game level at 2-2 before the half time break with two well taken strikes, leaving the Colts disappointed at half time, given their early dominance. 

After the break both sides had opportunities to win the game. A mixture of wasteful finishing and resolute defending kept the sides level. The Colts defence was finally penetrated in the last attack of the game when a quick counter attack led to a Westdyke winner. The Colts came agonisingly close to causing an upset, knocking out an A League side but fell just short.