Colony Park kicked off this league encounter with Buchanhaven Hearts with strong wind at their backs, as they looked to get back to wining ways without seven key players, meaning they only had three named subs available.
It took ten minutes for the first real chance to open up, and it went Colony’s way after Keir was fouled by Cunningham on the edge of the box. Crosbie’s free-kick, however, caught the wind and sailed harmlessly over.
Despite Colony having the early pressure it was Buchanhaven who took the lead in somewhat fortuitous fashion. A quick counter saw Mair at the byline and his cutback looked to be easy for the Colony defence. A mix up between the players saw McGuinness’ clearance ricochet off TURRIFF and end up in the back of the home goal with twenty minute on the clock.
The home side were starting to dominate play and with the wind in their favour, whipped in some very dangerous crosses, unfortunately due to a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing, non of which could be finished off by Crosbie, Roddie and Brown respectively.
Buchanhaven looked to use the wind to their aid in the second half, and created two quick chances but both were high and wide, as they struggled to get used to the shift in direction.
Against the run of play in the second half Colony equalized. A long clearance by Duguid was well won by McTavish in the air. He reacted quickly and found the ball at his feet, a challenge from Keith broke kindly for the Colony forward and MCTAVISH finished well from inside the box.
With a minute left a strong run by L Roddie won a free kick to Colony within range but it was a poor effort from Crosbie into the wall. Buchanhaven were quick to react and went straight up the field, resulting in McGuinness entering the book for a cynical foul on Robinson.
The final whistle blew amid away calls for a penalty from the ensuing free-kick, which would have been harsh on the home team, who put a lot of effort into the match. In the end, a draw was probably a fair reflection of a match played in difficult conditions.