Rebels End Season with a Win
The Albany Rebels won their final match of the season on Sunday when they defeated the Dutchess County Griffins 2-9 (15 points) to 2-5 (11 points) at Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany.
The match was competitive throughout with the Rebels taking a slim lead into halftime. But Dutchess County stormed back and scored two goals in the early part of the second half. Albany responded when Rebels forward Ryan Moloney fired a shot from the right side into the side netting at the far post. Albany settled in and controlled the last 15 minutes by handpassing around the pitch and converting for easy points.
Rebels forwards Joe Bradley and Moloney each scored one goal and two points to lead the team. Cillian Flavin (3 points), Tim Gerrish (1 point) and Aibhne O’Kane (1 point) also scored.
Other standouts from the match included fullback Tyler Wilcox who was tenacious in tackles, midfielders Joe Donlon and Mikey Heiserman who helped control possession and forward Pat Curran who created multiple scores by running down the right flank at the Dutchess County defense.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day to wrap up the season,” Moloney said. “We not only got a much needed victory, but we were able to get valuable game time for so many of our players.”
The Rebels finish the season with a 2-3-1 record. The club will now begin its offseason training and recruitment efforts.
"This has been a tough season for us coming out of the worst of the pandemic,” Flavin said. “We have added some players and gotten our newer players some game time. Hopefully we can be more competitive in the NY Cup in 2022."
Rebels Notes: Albany finished the 2022 season with a 2-3-1 record … Both of Albany’s wins came against Dutchess County … Ryan Moloney led the Rebels in scoring this season with 3 goals and 12 points (21 total points) … Cillian Flavin scored in all five matches he appeared … Patrick Doyle made his Rebels debut on Sunday … The Rebels are hosting a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, October 2 at the Irish Hall on Ontario Street to benefit Catholic Charities of Albany.
Joe Bradley 1-2-5
Ryan Moloney 1-2-5
Cillian Flavin 0-3-3
Tim Gerrish 0-1-1
Aibhne O’Kane 0-1-1