A day to forgot for an understrength Albion side who crashed out of the Corinthian Cup to underdogs, Strand United “B”. A dogged first half display from the home team saw them 3-0 up at half time. A woeful first half display from the Albion gifted Strand United with all 3 goals. Jody McNamara, stand in keeper for the day, could do little with all 3 attempts as Albion fell apart 10 mins in.
The second half showed a slight improvement from the Courcey men when Ger O’Connell scored a powerful header from a free kick to make it 3-1 with twenty minutes to go. Noel Twomey, Jason O’Riordan, James O’Driscoll & Colm O’Donovan all had chances to reduce the defecit but Strand were defending in numbers to clear every time. Albion did get a second on 90 mins with 2 mins of injury time to go, with a fantastic finish from James O’Driscoll just at the edge of the box right into the top corner.
A very disappointing display from Albion who will look to improve this thursday when they face Strand United “A” in Div 2.
Team. Jody McNamara GK, Darren Daly RB, Jamie Daly LB, Ger O’Connel CB, Colm O’Donovan CB, Martin Ryan RW, James O’Driscoll LW, Conan Dillon CM, Jason O’Riordan CM, Noel Twomey FW, Kevin O’Neill FW. Subs unused: JP Hayes.