Naas Ladies 1st welcomed Botanic to their home ground at the Naas Sports Centre on Saturday afternoon. Following two 1-1 draws in the first two matches of the league, Naas were determined to obtain their first win of the season and win the full 3 points.
Naas started strongly with Sophie O’Hare and Kathryn Henderson in midfield linking play and spreading wide from the centre of the pitch. Coach, Ross Harding favours this new formation of two centre midfield players and Naas had several strong periods of play but failed to really test the Botanic keeper in the first half.
Any early pressure from the Botanic forwards was dealt with efficiently by the Naas defensive four, leaving little for goalie Aisling Dower to deal with. Despite Naas winning a number of short corners the score remained 0-0 at half time.
Recognising fitness was a Botanic weakness, Naas applied early pressure in the second half, passing the ball at pace and precision in order to stretch the opposition further. 10 mins into the second half, Pauline McKeown won a short corner for Naas which Hazel Williams clinically converted.
At 1-0 up, Naas were determined to secure their first win of the season. With 8 minutes remaining in the game,Hazel Williams scored her second of the game. The game ended 2-0 to Naas. The ladies can now build on the win as they look forward to next Saturday’s home game against Avoca.
In other Naas Hockey Club news, Naas Ladies 2nd team were away to Glenane and faced tough opposition. Naas put up a good fight but ended up loosing 2-0. Both the Men’s 1st and 2nd team were playing away to YMCA and Fingal respectively and both were defeated for the first time this season.