Rebels Drop Three Matches in Season Opening Tournament
The Albany Rebels opened the season on Saturday with three losses in the NYC 7s Tournament at Frank Golden Park in Queens. Despite the results, it was a good learning experience at the start of the season, and against perhaps the toughest competition in the club's history.
The Rebels struggled in their first match, facing a young and talented Shannon Gaels squad. Albany created scoring chances, but had trouble slowing down a fast-paced team with plenty of room to run.
As the tournament went on, the Rebels improved their play and created numerous scoring chances of their own. Unfortunately, those chances were unsuccessful with players spraying them wide.
Albany's goalkeepers played well throughout the tournament, making impressive saves and keeping the team in games. Cillian Flavin and Moloney split the first match and Mark Adam played the other two matches in goal.
"Scorelines aside, I'm proud of the way our team started off the new season," said Rebels coach and midfielder Ryan Moloney. "We knew we were up against very tough opposition, but we created our chances, played hard every minute of all three games, and didn't hang our heads."
Albany returns to action on Saturday, April 30 when they face the Dutchess County Griffins at Tymor Park in Lagrangeville, NY. Throw in is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
Shannon Gaels 4-7, Albany 1-4
O'Donovan Rossa 3-6, Albany 0-0
Rockland 1-6, Albany 0-3
Tim Gerrish 1-1
Cillian Flavin 0-2
Ryan Moloney 0-2
Mark Adam 0-1
Charles MacGowan 0-1