Mixed fortunes for Colony sides

Colony Park U19 forwards pile the pressure on the Fernhill keeper. '(Picture by pauldouglaspictures.com)
Colony Park U19 forwards pile the pressure on the Fernhill keeper. '(Picture by pauldouglaspictures.com)
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HOPING to continue their unbeaten run in 2012, Colony Park Juniors headed to Banff to Whitehills, looking for revenge for their early season defeat. Interestingly the team lines showed that both keepers were called Duguid.

Colony kicked off with a strong wind in their favour playing towards the Banff end. Early in the half Colony were awarded a free kick two yards inside the Whitehills half, taken by Smith but Duguid in the Whitehills goal brought off a great save touching it onto the bar and out for a corner.

A chance fell to Colony when they were awarded a free kick two yards outside the Whitehills penalty area but unluckily Adam Maitland’s shot hit the post and out for a goal kick.

With half time approaching, Colony’s inability to test Duguid in the home goal was a big disappointment, particularly with the benefit of a strong wing behind them.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first but after 63 minutes, Colony got the breakthrough they needed. A great clearance by Craig Duguid was touched on by Maitland who found DORRAT in space and the Colony striker made no mistake by slotting the ball home.

Ten minutes later, Whitehills striker, Gray brought out the best in Duguid when he turned a blistering shot out for a corner. At the other end Dorrat was through on goal but Duguid in the home goal brought off a great save.

With time running out, a lack of concentration in the visitors defence allowed Cassie a free header which crept in at the right hand corner. What looked like another three points on the road turned to disappointment with points dropped again in the final stages.

It was a thread-bare Colony Park U19 team that took the field for the fifth meeting against Fernhill this season. Colony only had eleven players to start the game and two were goal keepers so Ramage took the goal keepers jersey and Ryan Gordon played up front.

As with last week Colony started the game brightly and in a repeat of last week’s game took the lead early on when the Fernhill Rovers keeper fumbled the ball to allow MACDONALD to stroke the ball home.

Unfortunately the bright start wasn’t sustained and on what was a heavy pitch the two sides cancelled each other out in what was a forgettable first half.

The second half started with both sides creating half chances but when the Colony defence failed to clear a Fernhill attack the ball broke to a Fernhill forward whose shot was parried by Ramage but Fernhill reacted quicker and as he was about to knock the ball home Ramage sent him tumbling. The referee immediately awarded a penalty and promptly sent Shaun Ramage off.

Ryan Gordon took over in goal and his first job was to pick the ball from the back of the net after Fernhill dispatched the penalty low into the right hand corner.

Down to 10 men Colony introduced their two late arrival substitutes when Lawrie and Christie replaced Munro and Reid.

The injection of fresh legs and a change to three at the back appeared to give Colony fresh impetus and when Colony won a free kick 30 yards out Lee Addison sent the ball high into the box. There appeared to be no real danger until for a second time the Fernhill keeper spilled the ball which landed at the feet of MACDONALD and he tapped it home to regain the advantage. The result was sealed for Colony when a smart interchange between Euan Lawrie, Lewis Christie and Lee Addison ended with CHRISTIE running onto a through ball and stroking it coolly past the out rushing Fernhill keeper.

It was a good result for a 10 man Colony whose injection of fresh legs at the right time swung the game in their favour.