Albion went down 4-1 to local rivals & Munster Senior League outfit Kinsale in a scrappy affair on the all-weather surface in Carrigaline. The Courcey lads started quite well holding off any early pressure and making some good moves forward. On 10mins a huge blow as one of Albions longer serving players JP Hayes went down under a 50/50 challenge and seemed in serious distress. After being taken to A&E an x-ray showed he had broken his femur (thigh) bone. A lengthy spell on the side will follow and we all wish his a speedy recovery.
Albions heads must have dropped off from here as they ended the half 4-0 down, a brace from Derek McCarthy and alot of hassle on the left from Sean Lyons proved a nightmare to deal with for the back 4. The half time talk was mainly based on closing ball off from the wings and pressing Kinsales defence from the front, this worked wonders in the opening 15 as Albion strung some lovely attacking moves together aswell as holding off any pressure. John Duggan came closest early in the second half with a shot that didnt overly trouble Kinsales keeper. Sean Lyons once again looked to be causing trouble but Mike Walsh was up to the task with a low save to his left. Lyons will feel hard done by not to have been awarded a penalty after he was taken down by the last man with just the keeper to beat, the ref waved play on. Albion got a goal back after a fantastic move from Jamie Daly who burst forward and delivered a cross which was met with Derry Gregs head, a great headed goal that took Kinsale by surprise. There was little pressure to deal with for the remainder of the half and the game finished 4-1.
A good run out after 3 months without a game for both local teams.
Team. Mike Walsh (GK), Conor Moloney (RB), James O’Driscoll (LB), Declan Murray (CB), Killian Moloney (CB), JP Hayes (LW), Noel Twomey (RW), Martin Ryan (CM), Gavin Moloney (CM), Gearoid Collins (AMC), Ronan Nyhan (FW). Subs. Jamie Daly (on ’45), Darren Daly (on ’45), Derry Greg (on ’45), John Duggan (on ’10).