Albion picked themselves up from last weeks disappointment with a hard 4-3 win over a very resilient Afton Villa side. Villa took the lead within 10 mins with a header that lobbed Walshy, hit the post, but the striker was there for the tap in. Albion responded well with a well worked goal between Dan Gal and Rob Daly who brought Albion back into the game. Villa went 2-1 up from a free kick where confusion saw their winger free at the back to tap home. Daly was on hand with some trickery to make it not just 2 but 3 goals in 20mins soon after for is first competitive Albion hat trick. 3-2 at half time.
Albion raised their game in the second defending well and using positional play to their advantage. The ball came loose after a sloppy clearance from villas keeper, when Dan Gal took the ball past 2 players and from 30 yards scooped the ball and lobbed the keeper. 4-2. Villa were back in it after a controversial call when the ball looked out of play, though Albion switched off and should have played to the whistle, Villas striker with a lovely headed finish from a cross. Villa pushed for an equaliser as Albion forced 2 subs from injuries to Dec Murray and then Conor Hurley saw Ben Dillon as a make shift centre half in the absence of Ger O Connell and Jody McNamara as cover. Albion played the game out well though the 7 mins injury time seemed uncalled for. Villa forced and excellent save from Walshy right at the death and then from the re bound hit the cross bar.
Team: Walshy, Darren, Conor (Troy ’89), Dec (Jamie ’60), Colm, Japs, James, Martin R (Jason ’72), Dan Gal, Ben, Rob.
Subs. Stevie D, Dan Coleman.