IN a hard fought match at Borough Briggs the home of Elgin City, Colony Park picked up their second trophy of the season when they defeated Buckie Rovers 1-0 in the final of the Elginshire Refrigeration Cup. On a fine afternoon in Elgin a good crowd turned out to support both teams.
Colony Park started the match strongly and in the opening couple of minutes they went close with a shot from Dorrat and forced their first corner of the match. From the corner kick Crosbie headed inches past the post.
Colony continued to press forward, and on 20 minutes McDonald created an opening but his well struck shot was blocked by the Buckie defence for yet another corner to Colony Park which was again cleared by the Buckie defence. The game then stagnated a little before some fire was injected into the game In 34 minutes when Crosbie was shown a red card after he retaliated following a foul. With Colony down to ten men Bonarius moved into central defence and Adam Maitland moved into midfield to partner Hart. Despite being a man short Colony Park continued to push for a goal and McDonald and Adam Maitland had chances, but at half time the game remained scoreless.
From the start of the second half Buckie Rovers pressed forward against the ten men and they went close with a header a minute into the half.
Colony struggled to regain the ascendency they had in the first half, and were forced to re-shuffle once more when Turriff replaced Douglas and took up his usual left back spot with Bobby Maitland moving to right back.
With legs tiring on both sides and Buckie having committed all three substitutes Colony made their second substitution when Calvin Roddie replaced McLeod.
Roddie had one tremendous run from the middle of the park beating several defenders but with no final result and then had a shot saved in 72 minutes. Colony forced their first corner of the second half with 30 minutes played but the Buckie defence cleared the danger. A couple of minutes later Turiff picked up the ball on the left wing just inside his own half and hit an excellent cross field pass which Matty McDonald picked up just outside the box. With one thing on his mind McDONALD drove for goal and hit a great shot into the corner of the Buckie net to give Colony Park the lead on 77 minutes. Buckie tried hard to equalise and Duguid came to the rescue on a couple of occasions and in the final minute the keeper was beaten but their goal bound shot was blocked by Hart.
Colony Park: Duguid, Douglas, B Maitland, Crosbie, McGuiness, Bonarius, A Maitland, Hart, Dorrat, McDonald, McLeod
Subs: Sim, Turriff, C Roddie, Brown, A Roddie
Colony Park deserved to win the Elginshire Refrigeration Cup having had to play for over an hour with ten men. All the players worked hard and most importantly the team spirit that has developed over the season saw them through when the chips were down. It would be hard to single out any player but it would be unfair not to give a special mention to Darren McGuiness who was immense in central defence and marshalled the rear-guard with an outstanding performance. Co-Manager Charlie Ferries said, “The whole team was immense today and in the end I think we deserved it given the course of the match. Buckie played their part as they have done all season and were worthy opponents.”.
After the match the players were presented with the cup by Kate Shanks and her son Lee of Elgin Refrigeration, sponsors of the trophy. That sparked celebrations which continued in the Social Club at Hosts Elgin City before the Inverurie side returned to the Garioch and were then guests at Harlaw Park where Inverurie Locos had opened their lounge and laid on a some sandwiches. This facilitated the second presentation of the day when Jeff Riley of League Sponsors PMAC gave captain Bobby Maitland the PMAC Division Two trophy and then presented medals to the squad who clinched the title on goal difference over the beaten finalists Buckie Rovers.
Colony Park Juniors President Allan Booth thanked the players, management and supporters for both a great day and a great season. Captain Bobby Maitland said, “This is a remarkable achievement in only our second season and we look forward to playing in the first division but our ultimate aim is to achieve Superleague status
“Virtually the whole team have signed up for next seasons campaign and we look forward to competing at a higher level next year and bringing some more silverware to Colony Park ”