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Ellon Utd -v- Colony Park Juniors

Ellon Utd -v- Colony Park Juniors

By Paul Morrison
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Match Report

New signing Martin Crisp came straight into the side, as did Craig Gill, returning from Inverurie Locos., as Colony looked to build on last week’s performance and result.

Unfortunately, the heavy pitch, swirling wind and a determined Ellon side soon put paid to this as the visitors struggled to cope, and looked very disjointed. There was not much football on display as Ellon looked to the long ball, and the Colony midfield pulled back in an attempt to protect their defence.

Ellon were using the conditions better and went ahead in 7mins. when a ball into the box was not cleared and it was an easy task for the Ellon forward to stroke home from around the six-yard box.

Colony looked to strike back, and Greg Dorrat was just off target with a header minutes later. Chances were few and far between for the visitors, and Stuart McKay was off target in the 20th minute. Crisp and Dorrat in the centre of defence were coping well with the long ball, but Colony went further behind in the 37th minute.

An Ellon midfielder was unchallenged when he headed a goal kick back towards the Colony goal, and this led to the right winger crossing the ball for his striker to score from close-in.

Adam Morrison and Harrison Hinks both had efforts before half-time, but it had been a poor showing by the visitors.

Half-time: Ellon Utd. 2-0 Colony Park

On the re-start, it was quite obvious that manager half-time talk from Richard Davidson had been really effective, as Colony looked to be a side with a purpose, going on the front foot from kick-off.

The pressure was rewarded in 50mins when Stuart McKay was tripped in the Ellon box, and the referee decided it was a penalty. McKay took the penalty, but the Ellon keeper guessed correctly where the ball would be placed and produced a good save.

On 57mins. Andy Mitchell replaced Graeme Cochrane as Colony continued to press, and with his first touch of the ball pulled a goal back, as he swept home from close in following a free-kick.

The visitors were really up for this now, and Craig Gill came close 3 minutes later, but almost immediately, Kyle Gordon ran on to a through pass and lobbed the advancing keeper to draw the scores level.

A minute later, Craig Gill was through on the keeper, but was thwarted by a good stop.

Colony were pushing for the winner, but Ellon were not out of it, and broke away several times, but the Colony defence coped well. Barry Peden replaced David Clark on 76mins. as the visitors pushed for the winner, and Andy Mitchell had a shot saved on 88mins.

Colony looked to have won it 4 minutes into added time. Kyle Gordon brought a good save out of the Ellon keeper, and Stuart McKay pounced on the loose ball, only to see the keeper get a hand to it, and the ball went agonisingly past the post.

Full-time: Ellon Utd. 2-2 Colony Park

Having performed so badly in the first half, it was pleasing to see Colony turn things round, and perhaps the result should have been a victory, but you cannot expect to perform for only half of the game and win. Well done to the manager and assistant for getting things back on track at half-time, but they should not be needing to do this. Well done to the players for their response, but let’s get a good 90 mins in like last week. Martin Crisp did well on his debut, considering that he has not played in a long time, and once match fit, he will be a very good addition.

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Sat 18, Jan 2020




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Colony Park
Ellon United