Both teams went away with a point each yesterday in a fiery encounter at Ballinadee. Killowen had the majority of posession and looked alot sharper than Albion for the most part. The away side were creating chances within the opening minutes forcing corner after corner in a barage of pressure that almost saw Albion behind. Albion were being kept in the game by both Michael Walsh between the sticks & Killowens failure to convert in front of goal. It was Albion who would break the deadlock completely against the run of play when a clever worked free kick saw John Duggan play through Tim Harrington for his 8th goal in 5 games from a tight angle. Albion starting playing more ball from here until the end of the half though Killowen still threatened with some neat play from centre of the park to the wings. 1-0 half time.
Colm O’Donovan almost made it 2-0 early in the 2nd after a corner ball from Duggan landed on his head to find the side netting. It was a costly miss as Killowen equalised shortly after with a guided header past Walsh. Albion were still looking to click all over the park but it simply wasnt happening. Killowen were still in charge bossing the ball in midfield. Albion did, however, find themselves 2-1 up after some neat play from John Duggan left Jamie Daly with ball at feet from a tight angle inside the 18 yard box and finished superbly low and left past the Killowen keeper. Killowen will have found themselves unlucky to be 2-1 down at this stage though 4-5 very dubious offside decisions against Tim Harrington & James O’Driscoll left Albion frustrated after working the ball forward. Killowen were soon level again after their man found himself free at the back post headed in to leave a scramble but unfortunately wasnt dealt with by the defence leaving their player to strike the ball past walsh. Killowen & Albion both had chances to wrap the game up, the best chance falling to the Killowen striker who played himself onside and had just Walsh to beat. He lightly tapped the ball straight into Walshs hands, looking as though he thought he was offside himself and was waiting for the whistle. A 2-2 draw in the end in which Killowen will be frustrated not grabbing all 3 points. A good point for Albion after a game in which they were on the backfoot from start to finish. Good performances from James O’Driscoll, Ger O’Connell, Colm O’Donovan & Conor Hurley were the highlight.
Team: Michael Walsh, Martin Ryan (Conor Hurley ’45), Ger O’Connell, Jody MacNamara, Colm O’Donovan, Rob Daly, James O’Driscoll, Jonathan Quinn, John Duggan, Jamie Daly, Tim Harrington.
Subs: Darren Daly, Rob O’Donovan, Brian Hayes, Martin El-sahen.