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Colony Park Juniors
C Killoh (67')
Hermes -v- Colony Park

Hermes -v- Colony Park

By Paul Morrison
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Match Report


Once again, there were selection problems for the manager, with the unavailable list longer than those available. Manager Richard Davidson named himself and Goalkeeping coach Barry Marwick on the bench along with youngster Lewis Simpson from the Under 18s. New loan signing Andrew Watt came straight into the team.

Colony were severely disadvantaged in the first-half, as the strong, blustery wind was blowing towards their goal, and the home side looked to make use of this right from the start. The visitors were finding it extremely difficult to clear the ball, and it was no surprise that Hermes took the lead in the 6th minute when a pass to the far post was converted from close range.

It was one-way traffic for a sustained period, and Martin Crisp was forced to foul an opponent who threatened to go through the defence. Unfortunately, the home side scored from the resultant free-kick with a large slice of luck. Graeme Cochrane was part of the defensive wall, and when he attempted to head the ball clear, it hit him full on the face and deflected past Robertshaw.

Colony began to come more into the game, and Andy Mitchell had a shot saved in the 20th minute. However, Hermes went further ahead on 24 minutes when a ball was played through to a forward who had beaten the offside trap. Robertshaw looked favourite to get to the ball, but was just too late and the ball was prodded into the empty goal.

With twenty minutes of the half left, things looked bleak for the visitors, but to their credit, they settled and began to cope with the elements. It looked like they might hold out until the break, but conceded again to an unfortunate decision. Jamie Brailsford tackled his opponent from behind, and appeared to get the ball, but the referee awarded a penalty kick which was well converted.

Half-time: Hermes 4-0 Colony Park

As sometimes happens, conditions changed at the interval, and the strong wind had dissipated quite a bit, giving no real advantage to the visitors. Nevertheless, Colony started the second period well, and on 50 mins, Jamie Brailsford powered forward and saw his attempt rebound from the post with the Hermes keeper static.

Two minutes later, Colony were handed an advantage when the referee dismissed the Hermes striker for making a remark serious enough to warrant a red card.

Colony went on the attack, and re-arranged with Martin Crisp going forward, Andy Watt and Conor Strachan dropping into the back four, and Harrison Hinks moving into midfield. This seemed to suit the visitors, with the experienced players coming to the fore. Steve Morrison organised the back four well, whilst Stuart McKay, now having Crisp alongside, became prominent and started pulling the strings in attack.

This paid dividends in the 67th minute when Conor Killoh received a ball on the left and drove into the box, where he slotted the ball low to the left of the keeper. An excellent finish.

Hermes did have their chances, but the back four coped well with everything thrown at them.

Lewis Simpson replaced Harrison Hinks in the 75th minute, but despite all their efforts, Colony could not get back on to the scoresheet.

Full-time: Hermes 4-1 Colony Park

Colony seemed to grow as the game went on, but the loss of those early goals meant that there was no way back. This was a very young side, and it appeared that some lacked a bit of belief in the first half – something that the Manager obviously addressed at half-time. It could be debated that conditions, and how they changed, did not help, but we need to take the positives from this game before we play a vital fixture next week.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 22, Feb 2020

Kickoff

14:00

Competition

McBookie.com Superleague

League position

3
Hermes
9
Colony Park