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Colony Park girls coach Stuart Gordon reflects on successful 2018

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Colony Park Girls Under 15s had a season to remember in 2018 with a fantastic second place finish in the North Regional Girls Football League. Mark Souter, who plays for Highland League side Inverurie Locos was on hand last month to hand the medals to the girls.

The Inverurie side had finished second bottom back in 2017 before a good pre-season saw Park kick on and finish in a respectable position with a depleted group of players at times. Colony started the season with only 12 signed players, however always had the objective of a top three finish, which they achieved.

Colony’s squad numbers increased towards the end of the season with the addition of two players from Kintore and this gave Park the opportunity to change the tactics and rotate players to keep the tempo up until the end of the season.

The structure of the girls game in the north region has changed slightly, instead of having an Under 13s and 15s league from 2018, 2019 will see the girl’s leagues age groups being Under 13s and 16s, which will aim to give more players the chance to keep on playing football for their local clubs.

Colony Park coach Stuart Gordon said, “We were looking for top three at the start of the season and I thought it was more than achievable for the girls. I felt that the girls were progressing well, I would have been disappointed for the girls had they not finished top three.

“There were strong teams in the league such as Moray and Deveronvale, Vale were always going to be at the top of the pile, they are well developed and Amanda Allan has been at the club for years, Deveronvale would easily play in a national league.

“We played Buchan and every game we played against them it could have gone either way, there were also some new teams coming in such as Westdyke and it’s a massive jump from seven to 11 a side, the newer teams do find their feet though and it becomes more of a competitive game.

“We travelled to Glasgow in the Scottish Cup and got past the first two rounds and to travel to Glasgow and win was a real buzz for the girls, it was a great day out and won us a home tie against one of the national teams which was a challenge however the girls battled well, the performances from last season were really encouraging.”

Well done to Colony Park Under 15s girls on a fantastic season and YFS wishes them all the best in the 2019 campaign.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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