The pitch was muddy and heavy at kick-off, and the home side went straight on to the attack and created a half-chance for Stuart McKay. St Ternan came roaring back, and won a corner, all this happening in the opening couple of minutes.
There was not much in the way of silky football due to the conditions, but Banchory pressed hard, causing Colony to lose possession on more than one occasion. This pressing paid off in the 14th minute for the visitors as they went ahead when a low cross into the box was pounced upon and gave Robertshaw no chance from close in.
Colony reacted well to this setback and tried to push forward, but the visitors continued with their pressing game, and the home side could not make inroads. However, Colony were improving as the game went on, and the Banchory defenders were called upon to block several attempts as the home side looked to level.
Kevin Bonarius shot well over in the 35th minute, but the best chance to equalise came just before half-time, when a cross to the far post found the head of Kyle Gordon. Gordon could only direct his header into the side net when it may have been a better option to head back across the goal where McKay was lurking.
Half-time: Colony Park 0-1 Banchory St Ternan
Colony started the second half with determination, and pressed the visitors back. The muddy pitch did not do either team any favours, and the game became a physical battle, with neither team producing incisive football. St Ternan were looking for the second goal, but the Colony defence were being well drilled and gave away very little in the way of chances.
Likewise, the Banchory defenders were up for the task, and despite Colony having more of the ball and spending more time in the opponents’ half, the breakthrough was not coming. Graeme Cochrane replaced the limping Kyle Gordon in a like for like change with over 30 mins left.
Adam Morrison saw a header well saved, and a shot turned around the post, and McKay and Clark kept the visiting defence occupied. Greg Cowie replaced Bonarius as Colony strengthened their attack, but the visitors were still holding out.
In a final move to get something from the match, Colony went to a back three in the 84th minute, when Steven Morrison was replaced by Bryce Dawson who was asked to push in behind the attack. Dawson had just settled in when, following a tussle for the ball, his opponent landed on his leg, resulting in Bryce being carried off on a stretcher.
Play resumed, and in in jury time a swerving dipping volley by Stuart McKay went narrowly past the post with the goalkeeper nowhere.
Full-time: Colony Park 0-1 Banchory St Ternan
Having gone to hospital, Bryce Dawson was found to have sustained a fractured fibula. Everyone associated with the club wishes him a speedy recovery.
No one would have grudged Colony at least a share of the points. This was the proverbial “game of two halves”, with the home side having control of the second half. The game was a real physical battle, with neither side having the quality to take full control of the match. The positive that Colony take from the game is the attitude and determination of the players, and the ability to compete physically. We are gutted that we have seen two of our players seriously injured in the past month, but it will make us all pull together for their sake.