No joy for Colony sides

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Colony Park Juniors hosted Nairn St Ninians on Saturday, the vistors were back in league contention following a run of four straight defeats for Portgordon Victoria and the Moray team knew a win would leave them with the title race in their own hands.

Colony started brightly taking the game to Nairn and looking for an early breakthrough but the St Ninian defence was resolute and indeed stole a lead when keeper Duguid was deceived by a cross at the near post and could only palm the ball to McKenna who finished easily.

The defence looked jittery after this and Nairn doubled the lead with a good move down the right and a quality cross headed back across the helpless keeper.

Although Colony pressed up and the game was more even than the score suggested, but some ‘pinball’ in the home box led to the third and decisive goal.

The second half was again evenly contested but the Colony side seemed unable to create clear cut chances and Nairn held out for a comfortable victory.

The Colony Park U17s played on Tuesday and Saturday suffering a 7-0 defeat early in the week as the absence of several players has seen them falter in the last fortnight.

On Saturday, they were up against Turriff United whom they had beaten by five goals back in November, but since then the Haughs side had done enough to put them in poll position for the league. Three points would guarantee the visitors the title and this saw them really fired up.

Turriff took the lead early with a break-away goal, but with a suspicion of offside.

A very physical and competitive half came to an end with Colony on top with the visiting keeper having to make two great stops to keep Battensby and Walls.

Colony started the second half where they left off and CAMERON was on hand to tuck away after Turriff failed to clear. The lead didn’t last last long as an attempt from distance bobbled over Coutts head and into the net.

However Colony went back up the park and equalised through BATTENSBY. The next goal looked like it would be the decider as the second half wore on and the visitors scored from a corner against the run of play and as Colony pushed up for another equaliser Turriff broke away again and finished the game 4-2 winners.

The Under16 Park, Colts and Lads all had a free week but Colony Park U15s had two tough away matches with a visit to Polo Park to meet Dyce on Tuesday and a trip to Banff to face last years champions and League leaders Deveronvale.

With the snowfall on Tuesday there was some doubt about the match, but Polo Park was snow-free although a heavy shower pre-match made for a very wet start.

Dyce were on top in the first 15 minutes and Matthew Douglas did well to stop a header at the post but generally they were restricted to shots from distance.

As the match started to even up, a mix up in the defence and a lack of communication between the keeper and defenders allowed a Dyce player to steal in and grab a goal.

Colony reacted well trying to push for an equaliser and came close but they had to settle for a one goal deficit at the interval.

The second half saw a few changes and Colony had Dyce tied back in their own half for long spells but the Aberdeen side always looked dangerous on the break and Tristan Ross, replacing Douglas in goal, had two terrific saves.

With less than ten minutes remaining Dyce grabbed a second from a set piece corner and effectively closed out the game .

On Thursday evening in Banff, the Champions came out of the blocks quickest. Tristan Ross had to make a couple of good stops in the Colony goal and while the Banffers dominated Nathan May came closest to scoring with a header which went narrowly wide.

Colony slowly forced themselves into the game as the half went on but the Vale keeper only had to make one save of note.

The second half became something of a midfield battle with both teams cancelling each other out until a terrific break from Deveronvale with good interchange of passing eventually saw Garden tee up the ball for Davidson and he finished well giving Tristan Ross in the Colony goal no chance.

Colony pushed Vale all the way to the finish and looked like grabbing an equaliser when a lobbed ball by Matthew Douglas fell between keeper and defender and as it bounced high over them and towards the empty goal Harry Stuart nipped in but the ball did not fall quickly enough and the sweeper cleared over the bar to give Deveronvale their first competitive win at home against the Inverurie side.