Albion picked up a point last night in the last evening game of the year at home to Waterloo. The game started well for Albion after some good interplay between wing & midfield found the ball with Tim Harrington who smashed the ball home to put Albion 1 up after 5 minutes. Though the lead was short lived after a bizarre goal for Waterloo when Albion keeper Michael Walsh kicked the ball out of his hands which then rebounded of the back of the Waterloo player and went in. Albion looked asleep for spells with sluggish passing not reaching the intended players and sloppy play all round. Though they did find themselves 2-1 up when the Waterloo keeper dropped a high ball where Conan Dillon was on hand to tap the ball into the net. Once again Waterloo responded this time from a lack of closing down from Albion who let the ball coast on the wing and then crossed for a headed goal. Half time 2-2.
The second half didnt get much better though Albion were 3-2 down from a cracking half volley from Waterloos left back well outside the area. Waterloo stayed on top for long spells of the second half until the last 10 where Albion pressed for a goal, which they got from a Tim Harrington header after John Hipwell swung in a free kick. 2 minutes later Harrington missed the chance to score his first hattrick from another free where his glancing header went just wide of the net. Declan Murray thought he had the winner as a free header from a corner was just missed also.
Albion found themselves with small pockets of decent play very rarely in the game, though will rue some missed opportunities in the first half where they had balls cleared off the line. They did show they can score goals when needed which is a huge positive. The back had a solid game and could do little about all 3 goals.
Team: Michael Walsh, Ger O’Connell, James O’Driscoll, Colm O’Donovan, Declan Murray, JP Hayes, Noel Twomey, Conan Dillon, John Hipwell, Ben Dillon, Tim Harrington.
Subs: Rob O’Donovan (’65), Colum Walsh (’65), Darren Daly, Jason O’Riordan, Jody MacNamara, Martin El-sahen.