Albion played out a 4-1 loss away to local rivals Innishvilla in a friendly. Villa were 1-0 up inside the opening 2 minutes when a corner wasn’t dealt with and a striker was on hand to give the hosts the lead. Villa looked the more composed on and off the ball for the opening stages and it told once more as they went 2-0 up on 17mins after their scorer ran unmarked from midfield and latched into a low driven cross to control and curl round stand in keeper Martin Ryan. Albion couldn’t have hoped for a better response when they scored 10 seconds after the restart. Rob Daly, Troy a Dillon & JP Hayes combining for a well worked team goal. Dan Galvin was starting to dominate centre mid for Albion as the half went on as Albion were looking for the equaliser. It was 3-1 going into the break when Ryan ran to meet the oncoming striker who toe poked the ball between his legs.
Albion played against the strong wind in the second half and soaked up a lot of early pressure from Villas premier outfit. Dan Gal, Rob Daly and Martin El-Sahen were starting to link well together as all 3 were unlucky not to score. Japs started making himself known as the half went on with some attacking breaks and through balls. Aaron O’Sullivan made his Albion debut on the wing and also was trying to make the full back work towards the end of the game. Villa nabbed their 4th with a fantastic strike into the left of the goal. Ryan did manage 2 saves to keep the score at 4-1 towards the end.
A good run out from Albion who were missing some key players in Deccy, Walshy, Timmy, James, Conan & Ben. A lack of concentration costing them on the first 2 goals. On another day Albion would have troubled Villa a bit more. Positives must be taken on performances from Dan Gal, Troy Dillon the Daly brothers, Aaron and Rob Daly. A sign that Albion may be producing a very competent looking team for the future!