Ladies Division 1, Round 2. Home v Trinity
What a difference a week makes. The sunshine was gone as Naas and Trinity lined up on a dull grey day. It was a loss of 3-1 to the Dublin team but there were huge improvements in a week. Naas had a full squad this week and they really pulled together. There was an obvious gelling of the new and existing squad members. Their passing and receiving was admirable under huge pressure from the Trinity team. Naas went for a defensive formation. Though not apparent from the end score the pressure from the Naas team was consistent allowing little movement for the Dublin team.
In defence Ali Deane was everywhere reading the game and repeatedly disrupting passes. Ruth Farrell made a welcome return and did a great job controlling midfield. Captain Lydia Cope led from the front and had many interceptions which were crucial in holding the score to 0-0 going into the third quarter. Trinity kept the pressure on and broke through in the third quarter to go one up.
In the last quarter Naas changed approach and put on a strong attacking front to try even the score leaving Trinity more space to manoeuvre. Despite trojan work from Amy Coyle and goalkeeper Rachel Fitzpatrick, Trinity found their way in to take the score to 2-0.
In the last 5 minutes after a scramble in the D Trinity argued for a strike claiming obstruction. They were overruled by the Umpire as the ball was going wide but awarded a short corner. Trinity failed first time but when awarded a 2nd short corner converted to go 3-0 up.
Naas had 2 short corners throughout the game, won by Saidhbh Farrell and Isobel Collins which they sadly didn’t convert. Close to the end of the match Michelle Cashman had an inspired intercept which she passed to Saidhbh Farrell, whose shot on goal was blocked but Captain Lydia Cope remained vigilant for the rebound and was on target leaving a final score of 3-1.
This report has highlighted some of the players who played a part in the key moves of the game but today’s game was a team effort and every player gave it their all. This team is going from strength to strength and it is a pleasure to watch them improve with each game as they become more cohesive as a team. A well earned player of the match went to Carly Killian who as always battled in mid field and was integral in holding Trinity’s advance and launching the counter attacks.
Towards the end of the 2nd quarter a wayward ball hit a Trinity player in the side of the head. There was a 10 minute stoppage while the players injury was assessed and treated. Though the player walked off the pitch an ambulance was called and the player was taken in the ambulance to have a full assessment of the injury. An incident like this is distressing for players, coaches, umpires and spectators. All at Naas hockey wish the player a speedy recovery and we look forward to meeting her on the pitch at our next game.
As before onwards and upwards.