Naas Mens first XV played host to Weston from Lucan on Saturday last on a cold but dry winters afternoon.
From the start Naas set about imposing their possession game on the away side, a midfield of Mark Kelly, Neil Chapman and Peter Young combined well with the forwards as Naas tried to make the breakthrough.
The Weston defence stood up well to the relentless Naas attacks. The deserved opening goal came by the way of route one hockey when Jason Weir in defence found centre forward Ciaran Davenport with a long pass, Davenport who was full of Christmas spirit rounded the Weston centre back and sweeper and struck an unstoppable shot past the advancing Weston keeper.
Naas then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Weston impose themselves on the game.
Weston had some prolonged pressure on the home defence which was rewarded when a cross from the right was controversially deflected in, the goal was allowed stand. Naas woke up again and and it wasn’t long before they scored from a penalty corner which was drag flicked well into the Weston net by Davenport. Just before half time Naas were 3-1 up and looking comfortable.
The second half started with the Naas defence having to withstand prolonged pressure,.
The defence of David Cooke, Jason Weir, Darren Harty and Jonathan Dunne cleared well, mid way through the 2nd half the ball found its way into the Naas net and the pressure was back on as the home side led narrowly 3-2.
As the game drew to a close a long ball from defence again found Davenport who broke down the left wing, as he approached the circle he sent a perfect cross in to Peter Young who appeared from nowhere unmarked on the flick spot, as the keeper approached Young deflected the cross skilfully past the advancing keeper to finish the game as a contest leaving the final score at 4-2.
Best for Naas on the day were Ciaran Davenport who took his goals well, Mark Kelly in midfield but man of the match was Peter Young who was involved in every aspect of the Naas teams play.
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