Naas United consolidated their Countrywide Forklift Training Womens Division midtable position when they defeated lowly Edenderry Town AFC by 3-1 at Donnelly Mirrors on Thursday.
Countrywide Forklift Training Women’s Division
Naas United: 3
Edenderry Town: 1
The home side were quickest out of the traps as Michaela Hubbock ran at the Edenderry defence and forced a save from visiting keeper Louise O’Neill straight from the tip off.
However, it was the visitors who should have taken the lead moments later when Tracey Moules created a chance for youngun Shannon Farrell, however she shot wide of Keane’s post.
Edenderry Town missed a great chance to open the scoring themselves when a deflected Naas United clearance set Corina Dowdall free, but she shot wide when one on one with the outrushing Deirdre Keane in the home goal.
The home side’s pressure finally paid off on the 19th minute when Dawn Murray played a great ball over the top of the Edenderry back line for Sue Farrell to race clear, her first shot was saved by the busy O’Neill but Farrell made no mistake with the rebound as she blasted the ball home from six yards out to put the home side 1-0 up.
Edenderry were struggling to cope with the pace of Farrell and the engunity of Michaela Hubbock as both women were working in tandem again and Hubbock shot wide just on half time. The away side were under pressure again in the opening minutes of the second half as Rachel Sweeney went on a great run from the edge of her own box before playing an excellent defence splitting pass to Sue Farrell who again forced a great save. Another great run from Hubbock twelve minutes into the half saw her outpace Shannon Hurst, Tracey Moules and Emily Duffy before crossing for Sue Farrell to make it 2-0 from eight yards out with a neat finish.
The home side furthered their advantage to 3-0 midway through the half when Donna Fennessy set Hubbock away in an almost identical position, once again she sent in a dangerous cross which was just behind Farrell but fell perfect for Margeret Harney who volleyed home her first ever goal for the club and sparked great celebrations.
To the visitors credit they never gave up and pulled one back from the tip off as Naas were still celebrating, allowing seventeen year old Shannon Farrell a chance to finish well from close range, her 15th goal of the season.
Best for the winners were Dawn Murray at the back, Sue Farrell who was unlucky not to come away with a hat trick, up front and player of the match was Michaela Hubbock, who was brilliant throughout. For Edenderry, Shannon Farrell, Tracey Moules, Shannon Hurst, Emily Duffy and Fiona Darby were outstanding.
Naas United AFC:
Deirdre Keane, Jessica Hughes, Emma Casey, Dawn Murray, Lorraine Duffy, Margaret Harney, Donna Fennessy, Rachel Sweeney, Michaela Hubbock, Suzanne Farrell, Ciara Dunne, Aoife McGrath.
Louise O’Neill, Emily Duffy, Tracey Moules, Shannon Hurst, Claire Shakespeare, Corina Dowdall, Fiona Darby, Helen Hennessy, Joanne Usher, Shannon Farrell, Sagan O’Donovan.