1 point from a possible 9 at home sees Albion on their worst home run in the last few seasons. Always on top and in complete control of posession, Albion found it hard in the final third creating very little to trouble Rathcoole. Tim Harrington came close in the opening stages after being put through by Martin Ryan in centre mid. Ryan followed up with a shot from out side the box that whizzed just over the top left. James O’Driscoll and Darren Daly were both busy full backs attacking quite regularly as most of the play was in Rathcooles half. On 25 mins against the run of play, Colm O’Donovan lost possession in the corner, the ball was sent in to the unmarked midfielder who finished past Mike Walsh. Taking the ball out of the net after 25 mins was one of Walshs first touches. Albion then came close again when Ryans free kick looked to be swooping in to the top left but the keeper was alive to save. 1-0 half time.
The second half was more of the same though Rathcoole did create one or two chances. The closest Albion came was through Ben Dillon who hit the crossbar from a close range effort, Rob Daly was only able to scuffle the rebound. Tim Harrington got his marching orders on a second yellow (both yellows were scandalous), something the club will appeal in the coming days. To add insult to injury from the resulting foul, Harrington will be out for a minimum 4 weeks after getting a cast on his foot with very heavy bruising to his foot.
All in all a very disappointing day at the office for Albion, who are yet to find their feet this season. A lack of full effort yesterday and decision making cost them a result.
Team: Walsh, D Daly, J O’Driscoll, C O’Donovan, D Murray (J McNamara ’80), Hayes, El-Sahen (J Daly ’60), B Dillon, Ryan (O’Connell ’78), R Daly, Harrington.