holders, Sarsfields pro-duced an excellent second half performance to come from behind to defeat Naas by six points in the opening round of the Aldridge Cup on Saturday in Naas.
Aldridge Cup Group C
Sarsfields were fortunate to be level at the interval when a speculate Gary White shot was misread by the Naas ‘keeper and ended in the net.
A minute earlier Philip Cocoman had netted to put Naas one point ahead.
At the start of the second half Naas went two points clear but Sarsfields, with Dermot Early and Gary White at midfield, took control and they scored 1-6 without reply.
First half points points from Ray Cahill and Dermot Early put them two up after seven minutes. Ronan Joyce and Alan Smith swapped points before Shane Bergin pointed from long range for Naas.
When Cahill pointed a free for Sarsfields they led 0-4 to 0-2 after twenty minutes. Two minutes later Philip Cocoman was on hand to shoot to the net and put Naas ahead for the first time. A Ronan Joyce frre and a Michael mc Donald point left them level at the interval 1-4 each.
Naas opened strongly and a Joyce free and a Dave Watson point put Naas in front 1-6 to 1-4. Sarsfields now took control at midfield.
A Mattie Byrne point followed by two Ray Cahill frees saw them edge in front.
Naas found it hard to set up attacks and were reduced to defending for long periods.
A Declan McKenna point followed by a Gary White ‘45’ left a goal between them after twenty minutes.
Naas tried hard to peg them back but Mattie Byrne broke through for a well taken goal and gave Sarsfields an unassailable lead. Smith and Joyce swapped points to complete the scoring
Niall O’Callaghan, Dermot Earley, Gary White, Ray Cahill and Mattie Byrne showed up well for the winners while Naas were best served by Keith McDonnell, Shane Bergin, Paul O’Sullivan, Philip Cocoman and Dave Watson.
Sarsfields: Gary White and Mattie Byrne (1–1 each) Alan Smith (0-2), Ray Cahill (0-4), Dermot Early and Declan Mc Kenna (0-1 each).
Naas, Ronan Joyce (0-4), Philip Cocoman (1-0), Shane Bergin, Michael McDonald and Dave Watson (0-1 each).