Ladies Football Senior League Division 2

Naas 3-13    Maynooth 6-06

Maynooth played host to the Naas ladies for the third round match in this very competitive league. The conditions were ideal and a lively encounter was anticipated by all the supporters in attendance. 

The Naas players were fresh from their victory against Carbury the previous week while Maynooth were playing their first match in the league due to inclement weather conditions which had cancelled their previous matches. Naas were first out of the blocks as Laoise Dunne , their half  forward , recorded the first point . 

Maynooth responded with a goal from their full forward Elaine Dillon who was the team’s main scoring player on the night. She continued to enhance her tally with another goal but the Naas girls were not daunted and they played very fluidly and produced some excellent points from their full forward Áine Cummins and centre forward Niamh Bergin to haul back a five point lead.  Both teams exchanged points and Maynooth struck again with another goal from the prolific Elaine Dillon . 

The Naas centre field pairing Rachael Corrigan and Alison Walsh distributed the ball very well to their forwards which resulted in further points to leave the score 0-10 to Maynooth 3-4. The visitors trailed by only three points after conceding early goals to the opposition.

The second half resumed in the same manner as the first half had been played; both teams moving the ball very quickly from end to end and Naas were rewarded for the pressure exerted on the Maynooth defence as they were awarded  a penalty which was duly dispatched to the net by Aoibheann Woods. The game was a drawn game after ten minutes into the half but Maynooth drew ahead once again with two rapidly scored goals by the experienced full forward Elaine Dillon who was certainly on a scoring spree in this match. 

The Naas team, to their credit, continued to press forward and were ably assisted by their centre back , Fiona Trant and Kate Coffey  who shored up the advance  of the Maynooth forwards as the Naas players put in tremendous effort in the final quarter to haul back the six point lead . They worked tirelessly as Maynooth defenders Eimear Ni Cheallaigh and Anne Marie Farrell stoutly defended but Naas centre forward Niamh Bergin and her team mate at half forward Shannon Doheny both rattled the back of the net to trade goals with Maynooth. 

The Naas team as a unit showed great determination and rallied gallantly to the end. Ciara Breslin added another point but Maynooth were two points ahead at the final whistle. The frequently used phrase’ Goals win matches’ is very apt in relation to the final result  of this very exciting and entertaining match. Maynooth also played very well and used their experience to defend their slim lead in the dying minutes of the match as Naas advanced with attack after attack in search of another score to gain the points. 

Both teams did their clubs proud and played the match in a very sporting manner. Both teams have the potential to progress very well during this league campaign.

Scorers: Naas :  Laoise Dunne 0-3, Áine  Cummins 0-4, Niamh Bergin 1-4, Aoibheann Woods 1-1 and Shannon Doheny 1-1.

Maynooth: Elaine Dillon 5-5 and Ciara Heneghan 1-1

Naas: Aoife Hederman, Maeve Hughes, Niamh Hederman, Molly Ryan, Kate Coffey, Fiona Trant, Kelly Perkins, Alison Walsh, Rachael Corrigan , Laoise Dunne, Niamh Bergin, Shannon Doheny, Ciara Breslin, Áine Cummins and Aoibheann Woods.

Substitutes: Aoife Breslin for Laoise Dunne, Katie Loughran for Áine Cummins and Aisling Gralton for Molly Ryan.

Maynooth: Máire Hogan, Emer Ní Cheallaigh, Zoe Dunbar, Annmarie Farrell, Dervla Mc Ginn, Ashling Farrell, Sinéad Mc Mahon, Síofra Dunne, Sarah Quinn, Caoimhe Jones, Orlaith Kirwan, Kate Caulfield, Ciara Heneghan, Elaine Dillon and Sian Millar.

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