De Courcey Albion began their pre season preperations with a 3-0 defeat to Munster Senior League outfit Mayfield. Playing against a strong wind in the first half Albions defence stood firm and witheld a mountain of pressure from the free flowing north siders. Michael Walsh made a fantastic save when Colm O’Donovan sent a header directly towards the corner of his own goal. 5 minutes before that Conan Dillon was judged to have taken the Mayfield winger down in the box and Walsh once again pulled off a save to keep the score at 0-0. Albion started to come back into the game with some great work in midfield from Timmy Harrington, Conan Dillon & John Hipwell. 0-0 at half time.
Albion started the brighter of the two teams in the second half when Conan Dillon almost put the away side up after a blistering run. Harrington had the majority of shots from Albion, though 20 mins into the 2nd half Mayfield scored from what looked like a clear offside. The last 10 minutes saw Albion concede 2 scrappy goals as tiredness crept in when Mayfield made the use of their superior numbers on the bench.
A good run out and a good performance from Albion who look to tuesday evening for a home friendly with Leeview at Eli Lilly.
Team: Michael Walsh GK, Ger O’Connell RB, Jody MacNamara LB, Colum Walsh CB, Colm O’Donovan CB, Darren Daly RW, Noel Twomey LW, Timmy Harrington CM, Conan Dillon CM, John Hipwell CM, Martin Ryan CF.
Subs: Jamie Daly, Kevin O’Neill.