Colony Locos 19s were the sole remaining ADJFA side in this years Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup and they hosted FC Bonnybridge in the semi-final at Harlaw Park last Sunday afternoon.
After coming through the quarter finals on penalties against Glenburn Miners Welfare they hoped the home tie might prove an advantage although having played all their home matches this season on the artificial surface at Garioch Sports Centre, the grass of Harlaw was new experience.
They opted to play down the slope first half in front of a crowd of almost 300, mainly local supporters cheering them on.
Colony stunned the visitors after only two minutes, with many players not having touched the ball, when a Joe Burr cross found Alex DUGUID in acres of space inside the box and he fired past keeper Nelson to give Colony the very best of starts.
Bonnybridge worked their way into the game and won two free kicks in succession the first blocked by the wall and the second safely into the hands of Garrow. Philip Woodgreaves was booked in connection with the second free kick which was to impact later.
Just before the half hour mark Josh Taplin controlled well and struck a great left foot effort from 15 yards which crashed off the Colony bar to safety although Garrow looked to have the shot covered. Five minutes later Woodgreaves dived into a tackle which left the referee with little choice but to issue a second yellow and a red to leave the home side facing the best part of an hour with a man down.
The second half started with Colony having moved Daniel Crisp back into defence leaving Duguid to work the front line alone, with Lawrence and Burr using their pace to counter attack. The closest to a goal came from a Locos attack when Thomas Hall for Bonnybridge made a superb goal line clearance two minutes into the second half.
A minute later Duguid had a one-on-one race with the visiting keeper who thumped the ball clear as Colony repeated their first half rapid start taking the game to Bonnybridge. Six minutes in they were rewarded when Grant Dawson was clearly fouled in the box and the referee instantly pointed to the spot. DUGUID cooly swept a right foot shot into the corner of the net sending the keeper the wrong way.
As the half wore on both teams introduced substitutes as players tired and Colony seemed to be containing the visitors and looking dangerous on the break as Bonnybridge committed more men forward. Colony Locos looked fairly comfortable going into the last quarter but with ten minutes remaining Bonnybridge pulled one back . A Kennedy cross from the left looked harmless enough but it wasn’t dealt with by either defence or keeper and it fell nicely to Darren MANSON who had the easiest of task to knock home from a few yards out.
Colony then had ten minutes remaining to hold out and they proved to be resilient with Bonnybridge wasting a couple of chance in the dying minutes but ultimately the ten man Inverurie outfit deservedly ran out winners.
Colony will face Barrhead in the final played at Airdrie on Saturday, May 24.
Colony Locos U19s: Jordan Garrow, Lucas Kennedy, Euan Abel, Philip Woodgreaves, Grant Dawson, Joe Burr, Daniel Crisp, Alex Duguid, Michael Watson, Dean Henderson, Kieran Lawrence
Subs: Scott Abel, Gregg Wood, Matthew Battensby, Craig Turriff, Mitchell Reid
FC Bonnybridge U19s: Vic Nelson, Thomas Hall, Lovemore Damba, Andrew Kay, Jamie Kennedy, Harry Extance, Josh Taplin, David Clark, Andrew Ballantine, Garri Duncan, Darren Manson
Subs: Kean Kenny, Dillon Wilson, Grant Wood, Andrew Carrell