Colony reach final of Sunnybank Shield

Greg Wood opens the scoring for Colony Locos as they come back from two goals down
Greg Wood opens the scoring for Colony Locos as they come back from two goals down

Colony Locos hosted Huntly 95’s at the Garioch Sports Centre on Saturday in the Sunnybank Shield semi final.

It was one of only four juvenile fixtures that survived last weeks heavy rains with the artificial surface allowing the game to go ahead.

With Colony already having knocked their opponents out of the Murray Cup in November the visitors were keen for revenge.

It was the visitors who started the stronger with the wind at their backs as Colony opted to play in to the wind first half

In the early stages Colony gave away possession cheaply and conceded an early corner. With the wind causing problems the corner was swung in along the six yard box and as two defenders went to clear the path of the ball was misjudged and the ball ended up in the net to give the visitors a second minute lead.

This gave Huntly a real lift and they were chasing down balls all over the pitch and the Colony play and passing was somewhat ragged under the pressure and into the gale so it came as no surprise when Huntly doubled their lead . Keeper Garrow was unsighted as a shot from just inside the box fizzed into his right hand post just outside his reach.

This was a position Colony haven’t found themselves in all the season but their response was emphatic. Kennedy linked up well with Burr and the winger did fantastic to beat his man and to find WOOD who fired Colony back into the game.

Colony took charge playing some excellent football and keeping the ball on the ground into the wind.

As half time approached Colony equalised. Kennedy supplied CRISP who slotted home to bring the first half to a close with the teams level at 2-2 but with the home side very much in command.

There was no change as the second half started and Colony were in control and looking to go on and put themselves ahead and it wasn’t long until Burr again broke forward and was taken down in the box. A penalty was awarded and LAWRENCE stepped up and dispatched it to make it 3-2.

With Huntly behind , facing into the wind and Colony in control they added a fourth when Dawson met a corner heading goalward and Huntly failed to clear their lines and ABEL was on hand to turn the ball into the net after a goal mouth scramble.

WOOD then did some great closing down forcing a Huntly defender into making a mistake allowing him to flick the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net for a final score of 5-2 and a place in the Sunnybank Shield Final .