Féile A : Naas 3-10 v's 2-03 Maynooth 

The Féile na nGael A final was held on Sunday April 23rd 2017 were held in St Conleths Park Newbridge.

The Naas Féile A team watched the first half of the Féile B match from the stand before they headed to the dressing room to prepare for their final which was against Maynooth at 12:00.

Naas had lost one match in the qualifying rounds and this was to Maynooth and knew they had to play at their very best to avenge that defeat.

The game started right on time and the large attendance was entertained from the very beginning. The hurling was tight and every ball was fought for by both teams – no easy scores and no easy frees seemed to be the order of the day.

Naas got off the mark first with a well taken point but had to withstand a Maynooth spirited attack immediately after that score. Both teams were contesting very strongly and were to an extent cancelling each other out.

Naas were awarded a free which was well pointed and it was to be a feature of the game where Naas number 6 Luke Dunleavey pointed numerous frees from difficult angles and varying lengths.

Naas scored an excellent goal but this was then followed by the Maynooth first goal. The game opened up at this point and both teams had chances to score goals but for excellent defending and some marvellous goal keeping by both goalies. But Maynooth broke through and got the second goal, this left the score Naas 1-05 to Maynooth 2-01 as half time approached. However, as can be testified by many who know this team, they wanted another goal on the board before half time both to increase their lead and soften the half time speech that was clearly etched on the face of their lead coach. The goal arrived before half time but the speech was delivered!

At half time Naas held the lead by Naas 2-05 v’s 2-01 for Maynooth.

As Naas ran onto the pitch in the second half you could see a steely determination in the eyes. No doubt reminded of the loss in the earlier round they intensified their approach in the second half.

Naas continued to take points from frees awarded to them while our midfield and defence were mean in their approach to an easy free. Some fine skills on display from both sides with blocking and hooking of the highest standard. Both teams attached with vigour and both defences need to be commended for their ability to work as units to prevent scoring opportunities.

In the final few minutes Naas got the third goal which stretched their lead and was followed by a point which was as is often described the ‘insurance’ point.

The final whistle blew and both teams were given a standing ovation as it was a very entertaining game of hurling. The players shook hands at the end a very fair match.

Charlie Sheirdan, Naas team captain accepted the cup on behalf of all the Naas Féile panels as this was undoubtedly a massive Féile effort from Naas Juvenile Hurling. Charlie thanked Maynooth for a spirted game. Somewhere in the distance the Naas fog horn of success sounded.

Naas Féile A Panel as they were numbered in the programme

Darragh Behan, Dáire Kelleghan, Conor Phelan, Bill Hennessy, Mac Dara Moore, Luke Dunleavy, Seán Broderick, Seán Hanafin, Dáire Guerin, Niall Grainger, Jack Mulvhill, Jack Rogers, Charlie Sheridan, Killian Harrington, Cian Boran, Conor Wickham, Tom O’Donovan, Darren Perkins, Alan Tobin, Shane Knott, Tiernan O’Rourke

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