|CB||5||Andy Ward (c)|
Colts travelled to the capital to play EUAFC on Saturday, it was a miserable day in more ways than one, the weather was cold, wet and windy, the game itself proved to be one to forget for the Colts, unlike last weekend seven goal thriller at Broadwood this looked as if it had 0-0 written all over it until a defensive error opened the door for the home side midway through the second half.
In a first half neither side created any real opportunities with both keepers virtual spectators, the best the home side had offered was two shots from range which sailed high over, and for the Colts a mishit corner was defected at the near post sending the ball goal-bound which was scrambled off the line by the keeper. Both sides huffed and puffed but were cancelling each other out, neither sides defence was seriously troubled. For the Colts they were struggling to find any rhythm on the heavy grass surface as they tried to persevered with their normal passing game.
The second half was a mirror of the first with both sides failing to find the killer pass to breach their opponents defences, the Colts had a chance early on when McFarlane shot from 25 yards which the keeper did well to parry with a defender on hand to clear the danger. Shortly after this EUAFC had a good opportunity when McFarlane was adjudged to have fouled Guthrie 20 yards out directly in front of the Colts goal, the resultant free-kick however was struck tamely wide. It was the home side who broke the deadlock midway through the half; Guthrie turned Davidson on the edge of the box and fired a low drive which Fahey will feel unhappy not to have saved. 1-0. The home side were clearly content on protecting their lead thereafter and set out their stale to see out the game. The Colts now seeing more of the ball were struggling to unlock the home side defence. However on 70 minutes they carved out their best opportunity, Kirwan broke down the right with pace and put in a great looping pass over the defence to the onrushing Broadfoot deep inside the visitors box, unfortunately for the Colts his normal deft touch let him down and the ball broke forward straight into the keepers hands, this proved to be the Colts only real chance of note and as the game drew to a close with the Colts trying to push-on, the home side sealed the points with a decisive second, the Colts defence dithered failing to clear their lines when there looked to be no real threat, the home side striker took full advantage managing to scrammed the ball home from close range with Fahey stranded, the final whistle followed shortly after.
One to forget for the Colts as they seek to secure forth spot in the league, next up is Selkirk FC next Saturday at home, which they will feel is a must win game.