Harding’s Naas girls suffer first league defeat

Lorna Moloney of Naas Firsts against Old Alex in the Leinster ladies hockey league game at Naas Sports Centre.
Following the excitement of last week’s win in the Irish Hockey Trophy against Banbridge, last Saturday morning Naas Ladies first team took to their home field to face the opposition of Old Alex.

Following the excitement of last week’s win in the Irish Hockey Trophy against Banbridge, last Saturday morning Naas Ladies first team took to their home field to face the opposition of Old Alex.

Having remained unbeaten in the league thus far this season the Naas girls were determined to continue this excellent streak against their visitors.

Early play from both sides was strong with Naas dominating through the midfield link play between both Kathy Halliden and Kathryn Henderson.

However, it wasn’t long before Alex caught the Naas defence on a break and frantic play led to the first goal of the game for Alex.

Following the goal, the game continued in the same vein of frantic play with the Naas firsts looking rattled by their opponents.

Old Alex capitalised on the frenzied play of the Naas team with a second break away goal right before the half time break.

During the half time team talk Naas coach Ross Harding reminded the team to set up phases of play and to have the patience to build chances that could be converted.

Naas were determined from the beginning of the second half to settle themselves and begin to play their own game.

Consistent pressure by Orla Brennan on the Old Alex circle led to a number of short corners being awarded to Naas.

However, they failed to score from any of these opportunities and there was disappointment for the Kildare side.

The game finished with a 2-0 defeat for Naas, against the run of play.

A very disappointed Naas squad are determined to put this first loss of the season behind them.

They will have an opportunity to do this with good performances next weekend in their Leinster Cup fixture against Bray.

Meanwhile, the Naas ladies’ next league encounter is against their old rivals Genesis.