Albion took all 3 points from local derby encounter with Ballinhassig. Albion took control early on, though at times made hard work of attacking plays. Switching to 3-5-2 for the game the back 3 never looked in trouble but at times in the opening stages were slightly stretched. Albion opened the scoring when James O’Driscolls throw in found Martin Ryan whose shot luckily deflected off the defenders shin on the way. They were soon 2-0 up through Martin El-Sahen when O’Driscolls cross deflected high leaving him with a goal line bicycle kick (or so he says) more of a tap in to the rest of us. 2-0 at half time.
Albion improved slightly in the second half with Rob Daly, James O’Driscoll & Conan Dillon all creating chances and having chances themselves. Martin Ryan was unlucky not to make it 3-0 when his free kick rattled the crossbar. Rob Daly did get on the scoresheet when a goal mouth scramble fell to his feet and he slotted home. Daly, on another day, could have had a hat-trick as Albion created more chances as the game went on.
Overall, a flat performance but 3 points nonetheless.
Team. Walsh, D Daly, Murray, O’Donovan, Ryan (McNamara ’85), Hayes, O’Driscoll, O’Connell (Dillon ’45), El-Sahen (J Daly ’70), B Dillon, R Daly. Sub. O’Hare.