And we have our first win of the season.
Saturday saw a 3-1 win for Naas in a tough encounter with Kildare North.
Naas dominated the 1st quarter with a flying start, scoring in the 1st five minutes. Michelle Cashman had an inspired intercept catching North Kildare on the hop, passing to Isobel Collins then on to Saidhbh Farrell to score the 1st goal.
Naas had several more chances in this quarter which weren’t converted. Lynn Sparrow, Lydia Cope and Ruth Farrell showed great skill with their short passes creating numerous options for the Naas forwards.
North Kildare gathered themselves towards the end of the 1st quarter and won a short corner which the injector miss-hit.
2nd quarter saw North Kildare rally and dominate. North Kildare’s number 24 and 13 really shone and helped their team hold off Naas’ attack. No. 24 won a short corner 5 minutes from half time following a Naas stick tackle in the D. The corner was converted despite a courageous block from Michelle Cashman.
Naas fought back and the forwards pushed hard winning 2 frees. Carly Killian’s constant pressure was rewarded with a short corner just at the half time whistle. Unfortunately a miss-hit left the sides level at half time.
The 3rd quarter was hard fought by both teams. Saidhbh Farrell was fouled and won a short corner. A flurry of passes saw the ball go from Michelle Cashman to Saidhbh Farrell for a shot on goal. The North Kildare goalie blocked the ball and Isobel Collins was there to score the rebound. Naas piled on pressure with Vicky Ronaldson pushing forward constantly but the quarter ended 2-1
The final quarter saw both teams fighting hard. Naas goalie Rachel Fitzpatrick put in a great save to keep Naas ahead. In the dying minutes Carly Killian won a short corner and despite North Kildare’s best efforts, Amy Coyle found the target to leave the final score at 3-1. As always the Naas defence, Ali Deane, Lynn Sparrow, Holly Hutchinson and Amy Coyle, played a blinder. Amy was a huge presence in this match and deservedly won player of the match.
Onwards and upwards.