IN a game played in difficult conditions both Bridge of Don Thistle and Colony Park Juniors served up an excellent match at the Hillhead Centre, Aberdeen with Colony unlucky not to come away with at least a point, losing 1-0.
Colony Park started well forcing a couple of corners in the opening five minutes, but Bridge of Don came into the game and came close to scoring after 9 minutes.
Ryan Keir, a loan signing from Locos, making his debut for Colony Park had a shot well saved a minute later.
Strachan was causing problems for the Bridge of Don defence and he was close with a couple of efforts on target which were well saved by the Thistle keeper.
In 28 minutes Calvin Roddie made a great run down the right cutting the ball back to Maitland whose shot went just over the bar.
In 34 minutes Colony came close to taking the lead when there was goalmouth scramble but the final touch from Strachan went wide of the post.
A minute later a Bonarius strike from 30 yards was just over the bar.
Despite Colony Park having had most of the possession it was Thistle who took the lead in 42 minutes.
A long ball which was floating across the edge of the box struck Robinson’s arm and the referee awarded a penalty kick. GUNN converted the kick to give Bridge of Don a 1-0 lead at half time.
In 54 minutes a move between Turriff, Keir and Strachan ended with the latter shooting narrowly past the post.
On the hour mark Colony were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Crosbie took the kick and his swerving shot was well saved by the Thistle keeper.
At the other end Duguid made a couple of excellent saves to deny Thistle extending their lead.
In 79 minutes Roddie beat a couple of Thistle defenders then hit a great shot which seemed goal bound only for it to swerve past the post.
Two minutes later a Bridge of Don defender handled the ball in the box but despite protests by the Colony players and bench the referee did not give a penalty kick.
Colony continued to attack and in 84 minutes Roddie hit a great ball across the box which reached Strachan at the back post but his shot hit the upright and went out for a goal kick.
Both teams worked hard through to the final whistle but there were no further chances for either side.
This was a match where Colony Park dominated possession but they could not breach the Bridge of Don defence which fought hard to keep a clean sheet.
Colony Park are away in their next match when they meet Parkvale at Findon on Saturday, December 28, kick off is at 1.30pm.