Bridge of Don deal Colony Juniors setback in title bid

Brian Poppe of I & K Motors hands over a  jacket to Club President Allan Booth
Brian Poppe of I & K Motors hands over a jacket to Club President Allan Booth

In a closely fought match at Hillhead Aberdeen, Colony Park Juniors lost their penultimate match of the season against league leaders Bridge Of Don Thistle 1-0, leaving them three points behind the top spot.

The early action was mainly confined to the middle of the park with defences looking strong. Colony’s first attempt on goal came in 10 minutes when Mess headed wide while Adam Maitland also headed wide a few minutes later. In 17 minutes a good move between Bobby Maitland and Strachan ended with the latter’s shot being saved by the Bridge of Don keeper.

In 22 minutes Don had a shot on goal cleared by Bobby Maitland and they went close again a couple of minutes later with a shot just passed the post. In 26 minutes Colony forced their first corner of the match and from it Crosbie headed wide. Colony came closest to scoring in 33 minutes when a goalmouth scramble ended with Brown heading the ball into the Don keeper’s hands. With the first half drawing to an end both sides had a chance chances saved well by the respective keepers leaving the match goalless at the interval.

In 57 minutes Bobby Maitland dribbled past two Don defenders but his shot was cut out while at the other Don forced a corner a minute later which the Park defence were able to clear. Colony Park had their best chance of the match in 70 minutes when following a good move by Walker his cross ball found Adam Maitland unmarked in the box but his shot was over the bar. Colony were pushing now for the opening goal and a minute later Ross had a great shot touched on to the bar by the Don keeper with the ball coming down on the goal line and was then headed out for a corner which was cleared.In 73 minutes Farquhar made an excellent save from the Bridge of Don forward. Five minutes later Don had their best opportunity to that point when a shot was just wide of the post. In 83 minutes Dorrat replaced Bobby Maitland for Colony Park and he almost gave Colony the lead when a cross from the right found him unmarked at the far post but his header was just over the bar.

A minute later Don were awarded a penalty when their player was clipped in the box and they scored from the ensuing kick. Colony tried to respond but were unable to get a goal back with Brown shown a red card a couple of minutes before the final whistle.

All the Colony Park players worked hard throughout the match and on another day the result may have gone in their favour but the win went to Bridge OF Don Thistle who are now clear at the top of the PMAC Group Division 1 East.

Colony Park Juniors next match is at home against Sunnybank in the A & M Property Maintenance Morrison Cup Quarter final on Saturday, April 4. Kick off is at 2pm.

Colony Park: Farquhar (T), Douglas, Crosbie, Davidson, Walker, Mess, B Maitland, Brown, Strachan, Ross, A Maitland . Subs: Marwick, Dorrat, Ness, Bonarius, Roddie.