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Banchory swept away by clinical Colony

Written by  Yan Donald
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Banchory Boys
Colony Park
U17 Raymond Kelly Assoc' Cup
Milton Park
Author: Yan Donald

Colony Park produced a superb performance to reach the Raymond Kelly Association Cup final at the expense of Banchory Boys and left coach, Dominic Flaherty disappointed.

Colony Park were pre-match favourites to face Broomhill Juniors or Formartine United in the final - and they did so after a devastating two goals in two minutes which made it 5-2 in the second half.

By Park’s standards, they would have thought a relatively kind draw would gift them a place in the Final. However an inspired performance in the first half from Banchory illustrated that their victory against United last week was no fluke.

Colony managed to secure the first half, winning 3-2. They completely outclassed the blues in the second half, scoring an additional three goals with a consolation goal from the home side.

Banchory Boys were without right back, Scott Yeoman, but the defence remained solid and composed, despite being under constant pressure in the first half.

Colony Park, who drew with Albion last week simply would not be happy with anything less then a victory.

Colony started strong and Mason was called on early to make a decent save from a cross. Pressure again prevailed as Banchory conceded a free kick on the edge of the box which was tipped past the post by Mason. Colony were quick to react from the resulting corner and Mason was unable to stop a close range shot from six yards to break the deadlock.

The opening goal was the catalyst for Flaherty’s men as they begun to create more chances, through long balls over the defence from Marnoch and Donald but the Colony Park keeper responded in a positive manner.

On the counter attack, Colony Park were always a threat whenver they were in possession and looked like scoring everytime they approached the goal. This was evident as Colony’s number 7′s free kick sailed past the post from the edge of the box. The home side’s first realy chance came when Milne headed just wide from a corner from Flaherty.

The Inverurie-based team’s threat was illustrated as their defence were always looking for a quick breakout, which pinned Banchory’s midfield of Donald, Crowe, Brimmer and Flaherty. It was always going to be a tough task for Banchory’s talismanic Cameron and dangerous Marnoch as they were isolated and struggled to take the game to Colony.

However, on the 25th minute, the Blues forced a free kick from approximately 25 yards out and Milne struck the ball into the wind which dipped under the bar into the net past a helpless keeper. This proved to be a turning point as Banchory scored again, through Marnoch. The back four fed Crowe and Brimmer who passed it to Flaherty who flew forward and danced through two defenders then released the ball to Marnoch who remarkably scored with a discrete chip.

The last moments of the first half was always going to be mentally challenging for Banchory. However, they couldn’t continue to weather the storm as two quick fire goals on the 38th minute and 42nd minute meant they were leading by 3-2 at half time.

Half Time: Banchory Boys 2-3 Colony Park

Banchory needed to concentrate this half and had the advantage of the hazardous wind behind them, however, they failed to capitulate as de ja vu occured again. Two goals in quick succession in the space of two minutes made it 5-2 which absoutely killed off Banchory Boys. It was almost six for Colony, but their goal was ruled off for offside. They almost managed to add icing to the cake as they hit the post.

The introduction of Middleton, Maybury and Cumming still couldn’t break down the resillient defence and midfield of Colony. However, there was glimmer for Brimmer and his team as Flaherty was contested by Milne at the back post. Brimmer responded quickly as he volleyed the ball through a compact defence from 12 yards on the 75th minute.

That goal proved to be a consolation goal as Colony completed their route on the 88th minute from a cut back and shot from the edge of the box.

The gulf in class between the teams was evident through out, especially at the end, as 2nd division Banchory tired quicker and Colony took advantage of that.

But both teams can certainly take positives as Colony will surely finish in the top 3 in the SoccerWorldA League and face Broomhill or Formartine in the final of the Raymond Kelly Association Cup. Plus Banchory are at the top of the SoccerWorld B League with ten matches remaining with that League trophy in touching distance.
Full Time: Banchory Boys 3-6 Colony Park
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