2013 – YEAR IN REVIEW

2013 started very poorly for the Albion with a 3-0 home defeat at Eli Lilly to Waterloo in the league. A 2-1 away defeat in the County Cup was followed by a 4-1 away defeat in the Corinthian Cup to Ballinhassig on Feb 17th. The following week Albion were visited by promotion rivals Donoughmore Athletic where Albion pulled out the performance of the season to win 3-2. An away 3-1 win over Macroom saw Albion record back to back wins for the first time in 4 months. Mixed results were to follow with a 2-2 away draw to Donoughmore, 1-0 away defeat to Ballincollig, 3-1 home win over Blackpool & 2-2 away draw to Banteer. Promotion hopes had been dashed at this stage as Donoughmore, Waterloo & Strand had gone 7-8pts clear with only 2 games to go. An understrength side went to Waterloo where they lost 5-1 before a no-show from Killowen handed Albion a 3-0 win on the last day of the season. Finishing 4th on 29 points, it was an end to a mixed season with more lows than ups. Albion did, however, remain in Division 2 finishing one place higher than the season previous. A lack of cup runs was the disappointment. Tim Harrington ended as Top Scorer on 25 goals & also Player of the Season with some 57 games in 36 starts. Dan Galvin ended as Young Player of the Year.

 

2013/2014 saw the best start to a season from an Albion side for quite some time with 6 wins from their opening 7 games. A 4-2 win over Newmarket was followed by a 4-2 loss to Rylane in Rylane. Then a 4-3 win over Afton Villa, 6-0 win over Banteer, 3-1 win over Macroom, 2-1 win over Glenvale & 5-0 win over Carrigaline saw Albion win 5 straight for the first time in the current managements regime. Albions run finally came to an end in the first round of the Saxone Cup where they drew 2-2 with Grangevale who went on to win the shootout. The following week Albion travelled to Newmarket where they were just 2 minutes from a win. A penalty in the last minute saw the game finish 2-2. Two defeats followed, 3-1 at home in Lilly to Blackpool & a very controversial 4-3 away defeat to Afton Villa. The year ended with a fantastic away win over Banteer where a solitary goal from Rob Daly was the difference.

 

Albion have impressed this season, Tim, Rob & Ben have found their scoring boots once again, while all the regulars have put up some huge performances – Deccy and Japs come to mind. Gally & Darren have picked up where they left off last season and the re-signing of Conan has been a boost to the club! With funding still part of the plans, the clubs goal will be to finish the current season successfully!

 

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