Juniors set the standard

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WITH three wins and two draws in their last five matches confidence was reasonably high in the Colony Park Juniors camp but the visitors from Buckie in the shape of Portgordon Victoria have swept all teams aside this season and were a real challenge for the Junior side.

With home advantage Colony took the game to the champions elect and the first half was pretty much a rout. With a brace each from loan players Adam MAITLAND and Scott MCINTOSH added to a goal from Bobby MAITLAND the juniors cruised to a 5-2 victory, and while the league is pretty much settled this will be the kind of performance required if the Colony outfit are to progress.

League Leaders Colony Park U19s had their match postponed but remain top of the league..

Playing in Round Three of the Noskab Trophy Colony Park U17swere unlucky and will rue several missed chances to win the game against a strong A league Banchory outfit.

Despite having the best of the first half a penalty and two well taken goals had the Colony heads down, but a well taken finish just before half time from RODDIE gave them confidence.

Colony went out in the second and took the game to Banchory. Three goals in 20 minutes, from WALLS, WIGHT, and MCGILL turned the game around and had Colony ahead.

It stayed like until 10 minutes to go when Banchory equalised. Colony could only look on in the final minutes when Banchory finished a break away to end the game at 5-4.

Colony Park U16’s welcomed Broomhill to Davidson Park for the semi-final of the Presidents Cup. Having lost out 2-1 to the same opponents only a week ago Colony came out fired up determined to make amends and Greg WOOD fired them into an early lead.

Slowly Broomhill started to control the game and a wicked swerving shot made it 1-1. With Colony looking for the half-time whistle Broomhill took the lead from a header inside the six yard box.

Colony had to up their game if they wanted to progress to the final and in the opening minutes they got a break when the referee ruled out a Broomhill third for offside.

This seemed to spark Colony into life and to impose themselves on the game, moments later some good footwork from Alex DUGUID inside the box created the opening for himself to draw the sides level.

With about twenty minutes left Greg Wood won the ball on the half way line and fed in a pass to Alex DUGUID who kept calm and picked his spot to give Colony a well deserved lead.

Broomhill then got a break when Grant Dawson was sent tumbling inside the box and the referee waved play on. It looked like Colony were heading for the final when with six minutes left a long ball through the centre found a Broomhill player and he made no mistake in drawing the sides level once again.

Then with extra time looming Broomhill snatched the winner from a late corner to leave the Colony players on their knees.

Colony Under 16 Colts fell to a 6-1 home defeat against Banchory, having got off to the worst possible start by being two goals down inside the first eight minutes before they had even settled.

But settle they did and put up a much better showing for the rest of their half with Ryan RAE scoring from the penalty spot.

The second half was an even affair, with Colony carving out a couple of chances, but Banchory proved to have much more of a cutting edge when chances fell their way.

The Colony Under 16 Lads found a very wet and windy day in Portlethen for the rematch of the opening game of the season.

The first chance of the game fell to Portlethen, and only an outstanding save by keeper, Sam Barrow, at full stretch to his left, prevented Colony falling behind.

Portlethen were enjoying more of the possession in the early stages of the game and after 14 minutes scored to go 1-0 up.

Lads best chance of the first half came in the 18th minute. Bruce Baillie whipped in a free kick and David Murray’s header forced a good save by the Portlethen keeper.

Colony went in at half-time 1-0 down after an evenly competed first half.

The Inverurie side created an excellent chance just after the restart. Ryan Geddes played a cross-field ball to Daniel Yates. His well-struck shot was well saved by the keeper.

The equalizer did not come until the 76 minute and it was very special. Daniel YATES found the top corner of the Portlethen goal from a free kick some 30 yards out.

In the last five minutes Colony pushed hard for a winner but Portlethen held out.

This was a thrilling match played in a great spirit and while Portlethen certainly had more of the possession Colony created the better chances and were unlucky not to come away with all three points.