Albion slumped to their biggest defeat of the season against local rivals Ballinhassig. The away side did well for the opening 10 minutes but by the 45 minute mark, after some sloppy football, found themselves 4-0 down. 2 goals coming from a tap in and 2 others from an offside attempt gone wrong & also failing to clear after the ball hit the woodwork. Ballinhassig were worthy leaders at half time after dominating 100% throughout the half.
A different second half had Albion on top for large spells. JP Hayes and Darren Daly were playing some great ball using the men around them to create space for themselves trying to create an opening. Albions first clear chance came through Jason O’Riordan who forced a corner. From the resulting corner Declan Murray won a penalty after he was pushed to ground inside the 18 yard box. Jonathan Quinn stepped up and smashed the ball down the centre of the goal to make it 4-1. Albion put more pressure on and forced another 4 or 5 corners in quick succession. They almost had another goal from 2 of them, though Ballinhassig did well to clear their lines. Albion finished the half on top after upping all aspects of their game, although too late.
A dissappointing performance which now sees silverware as a virtual impossibility this season.
Team: M Ryan GK, G O Connell RB, C Hurley LB, C O Donovan CB, D Murray CB, JP Hayes LW, R O Donovan RW (J Daly), M El Sahen CM (J O Riordan), J Quinn CM, J O Driscoll CM, D Daly FW.