There will be a North Region representative at this year’s TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup final weekend after Colony Locos beat FC Bonnybridge 2-1 to book their place in the Under 19 final. Colony striker Alex Duguid was the hero, scoring a goal in each half to secure the victory. Bonnybridge’s Darren Manson pulled a goal back late on but it wasn’t enough to force extra time. That was only half the story though. Colony had to play more than half this semi-final with a man less after defender Phillip Woodgreaves was sent off in the 35th minute for a second bookable offence.
Locos will now face Barrhead YFC in the final in Airdrie on Saturday 24th of May. Barrhead overcame Ballieston Juniors 5-3 after extra-time in their semi-final.
The match was played out in front of nearly 300 spectators at Harlaw Park and there was an almost tangible sense of anticipation and tension in the air before kick-off. But if that tension had spilled through to the Colony Locos’ players they did a super job of hiding it.
The Inverurie side started the game on the front foot and they were rewarded for their fast start within two minutes. Joe Burr’s cross from the right found lone striker Alex Duguid wide open in the middle of the penalty area and he dually slotted the ball into the net from 10 yards.
As Duguid reeled away to celebrate his goal you could hear the majority of the crowd take a conscious sigh of relief while thinking to themselves: “Well, this is going to plan”.
Colony were radiating confidence and they threatened to double their lead immediately when good build up by Daniel Crisp saw Kieran Lawrence’s cross-shot go marginally wide.
The hosts continued to be in the ascendency but failed to score a second goal during that time.
Bonnybridge were always going to grow into the contest and they shot a warning fire after half an hour. Josh Taplin chested the ball and volleyed it off the crossbar from 16 yards.
If that wasn’t enough encouragement for the visitors then they were given even more five minutes later. Locos defender Phillip Woodgreaves had already been booked when he dived in recklessly at the feet of an opponent 30 yards from goal. He knew and everyone in the ground knew that referee James Hunter had little choice but to show him the card.
Colony had started the match in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Crisp in the number 10 role. After Woodgreaves’ sending off Crisp dropped back into centre defence and Colony went 4-4-1.