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hughes fires four-timer!

East Coast Albion....................1

Seaview Wanderers...............4

David Hughes began the season with a bang to ruin East Coast's debut at their new home.

Albion had played their two previous terms in the Wicklow League at the Charlesland Recreational Park in Greystones, but switched for the 2010/11 campaign to the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park in Bray.

Trailing 1-0 at half time, Albion rallied to level matters in the first Division 2 fixture of the new term. However, three late Hughes goals saw him claim all four of Seaview's tally as they took all three points.

In a twist of irony, Wanderers had lost their first ever home game at the Leisure Centre in Arklow 12 months ago to the same opponents.

Having dominated the first period, the visitors only made the breakthrough in the 45th minute.

Hughes reacted to a defensive lapse and raced clear along the left wing before cutting in and firing low into the far corner of the net from 10-yards.

With seven new faces in their squad, East Coast brought on two substitutes at the interval and made four positional changes. It paid off in the 56th minute.

First, Maciei Brolci's superb cross-field pass picked out the unmarked Jeff Wilson, but the alert Anthony Byrne made a great tip-over save.

However, the away side were caught napping from the resultant corner. Quickly taken, Seamus Griffin's cross was glanced in by the head of Michael Menka, but they capitulated in the final 10 minutes.

Referee Paul O'Brien was right up with play when awarding a penalty to Seaview as Ian Bracken was taken down by David Gillick, and Hughes made no mistake from the spot-kick.

Just three minutes later, he completed his hat-trick when chasing a long ball out of the Wanderers' defence and guided a low angle finish across Stephen Free's dive from 15-yards.

Hughes notched his fourth in the 90th minute with a carbon copy of his third. Released by Alan Hudson, the attacker's pace was once again key as he left defenders in his wake to make it 4-1.

East Coast Albion: Stephen Free; Byron Hayes, Brendan Ellis, David Gillick, Paul Thormbury; Jeff Wilson, Michael Menka, Dwaine Cooper, John Gillespie; Darren Kane, John Quinn.

Subs: Maciei Brolci (for Thormbury), Seamus Griffin (for Cooper),

(both half time).

Seaview Wanderers: Anthony Byrne; Cathal Doyle, Fabian Gallagher, Ian Bracken, James Byrne; Iain O'Byrne, Michael Wolohan, Ross Turner; David Hughes, Philip Ormond, Alan Hudson.

Subs: David Woolmington (for James Byrne 86 mins), David Kavanagh (for

Ormond 89 mins).

Referee: Paul O'Brien.