Win keeps Colony Juniors at the top

Colony Juniors hat-trick hero Matty McDonald (centre) is congratulated by his team mates.
Colony Juniors hat-trick hero Matty McDonald (centre) is congratulated by his team mates.

COLONY Park Juniors won a hard fought top of the table clash against Glentanar 4-1 on Saturday to keep them at the top of the PMAC League Division 1 (East).

Colony started well with Smith driving down the left in the first minute, crossing a great ball into the box which Matty MCDONALD hit powerfully into the net giving Colony an early lead.

A couple of minutes later Strachan had a good effort well saved. Colony were having the better of the early exchanges however in 17 minutes Glentanar hit the bar when Colony failed to clear a corner.

Colony were riding their luck and could easily have been behind as they struggled to retain possession and build any attacks but in 23 minutes Hart, McDonald and Strachan combined in a neat move which ended in MCDONALD adding another goal.

Glentanar continued to press right up to the interval but Colony Park retained their lead going in with a two goal lead at half time which hardly reflected the play of the first period.

At the start of the second half an off colour Strachan had an effort which was just wide of the post. Glentanar then had a period of pressure and they pulled a goal back in 52 minutes when their striker SIM had a free header at the back post.

Just after the hour, McDonald broke into the Glentanar box with just the keeper to beat. The Glentanar keeper brought down the striker and the referee awarded a penalty to Colony, also sending off the Glentanar keeper. Jack STRACHAN took and scored the penalty to give Colony a 3-1 lead in 63 minutes but Strachan who had been feeling unwell was immediately replaced by Greg Dorrat.

Colony had chances for McTavish and McDonald before in 75 minutes Hart broke on the right and hit a great pass to MCDONALD who struck the ball superbly into the net for his hat trick and Colony’s fourth goal.

Five minutes later Dorrat almost added a fifth but his shot was just wide of the post, before a second Glentanar player saw red in 83 minutes for a tackle on Maitland.

This match was much closer than the score suggests and Glentanar had a much greater corner count. However Colony Park took their chances and all the players worked hard to ensure that the team remain top of the league.

On Saturday 12 October Colony Park are at home against Fraserburgh Utd in the PMAC League Div 1 (East), kick off at 2pm.

Colony Park: Sim, S Pugh, Turriff, Hart, C Brown, McGuinness, C Roddie, Maitland, McDonald, Strachan, Smith

Subs: L Roddie, McTavish, Dorrat, Peden, Duguid