Senior Ladies Football Div2 Naa 2-08 Carbury 2-03
Senior League Division 2
After all the inclement weather which cancelled many matches in the league, Naas Senior ladies commenced their league campaign in ideal conditions on a well maintained pitch in their home venue last Tuesday evening.
This fixture was eagerly awaited as Carbury had emerged victorious in last year’s match and the Naas players were anxious to make amends.
Naas launched the first attack and went into an early lead with a fine point from the boot of the full forward Áine Cummins followed up with a goal scored by Shannon Doheny who finished a clever passing movement initiated by Kate Coffey in the half back line. The game was played in a wholehearted manner and every ball was stoutly contested.
Naas continued to stretch their lead and dominate the exchanges as Rachael Corrigan distributed the ball very well to her forwards and she was ably supported by a solid defence marshalled by Fiona Trant in the half – back line and Niamh Hederman in the full back position. Aoibheann Woods, captain of the host team contributed another point while Niamh Bergin darted from her centre half position and secured a point from play and immediately added another point from a free.
This gave the Naas players an eight point advantage after twenty minutes while Carbury in spite of all their hard work registered their first score ; Clíona Sullivan rattling the back of the net. This timely score helped the visitors to carve into the Naas lead. This seemed to ignite Carbury into action and they quickly followed up with two further points courtesy of Caoimhe Polan before half-time.
Carbury seemed to gain the initiative in the final ten minutes of the first half as the action ebbed and flowed from end to end as both defences had to work diligently to counteract waves of attack, leaving only three points between the teams. Martina O’Rourke, as wing -forward was particularly dangerous as she tried to weave her way through the Naas defence who were very vigilant throughout the first half of the match.
Half- Time Score: Naas 1-5 Carbury 1-2
The match resumed in a lively fashion and both sets of forwards tested their opposing defences to the limit but, shooting by both teams was quite wayward and both teams squandered opportunities.
Naas were first to register a score in this half after ten minutes and Shannon Doheny finished another well worked movement to add another goal to the Naas tally. Carbury replied with a point after twenty minutes and in spite of well- orchestrated moves by both teams, scores were slow to materialise. Serena Dowdall, playing in the centre back position, defended very well and was very influential in counteracting Naas in attack.
It continued to be an exciting contest as both teams used all their energy to create chances and Carbury reeled in the Naas lead to two points as they were rewarded with a goal from the boot of Catherine o’ Malley.
Naas responded to Carbury’s revival and finished strongly, scoring three more points in the last few minutes to leave a margin of five between the teams at the final whistle. This was a keenly contested encounter where both teams played with greatspirit and Naas were victorious on this occasion, obtaining their first league points.
All those supporters in attendance from both clubs were treated to a very competitive and entertaining game and no doubt many more exciting matches to follow during this league campaign.
Naas: Aoife Hederman, Molly Ryan, Niamh Hederman, Maeve Hughes, Kate Coffey, Fiona Trant, Katie Loughran, Rachael Corrigan, Alison Walsh, Ciara Breslin, Niamh Bergin, Shannon Doheny, Amy Carberry, Áine Cummins and Aoibheann Woods( Capt).Subs: Amy Jones for Katie Loughran ,SarahO’Hanlon for Maeve Hughes, Grace Kelleghan for Amy Carberry, Laura Messit for Ciara Breslin and Grace Mc Entagart for Aoibheann Woods.
Carbury: Emily Kelly, Chloe Kacney, Niamh Flattery, Lynn Herbert, Karen Kelly, Serena Dowdall, Clíona Sullivan, Andrea Brerkin, Caoimhe Polan, Martina O’Rourke, Claire Sullivan, Kelly Aungier, Leah Herbert, Catherine O’Malley and Emily Gannon.
Referee: Fintan Barrett.