Naas played host to Dublin North in the 5th round of the Leinster League on Saturday. Naas came into the game on the back of a fine cup win the previous week and an unbeaten start to their season.
The game started at a fast pace and both sides were even in their play with Naas maybe edging the attacking advantage with the speed and movement of their forward line of Trevor Cooke and Eoin Glennon.
The game did not maintain this pace and Naas struggled at times with their discipline and some slow play which limited the opportunities to take a foothold. In the 15th minute a quick break down the right let Frazer O’Byrne work his way into the circle and a square pass to Eoin Glennon resulted in the first goal of the game with an excellent finish from the young player. That was how the first half ended and Naas went into the break with a lot to do to maintain their lead.
The second half was somewhat better than the first, a tough talk at half time led to some faster play and Naas were more potent in their attack. This pressure led to the second goal when some fine work from Elliot Lyons of the left side led to the ball coming to Ciaran Davenport in the circle and he dispatched the ball past the keeper to leave the score at 2-0.
At this point the game changed and the Dublin side pushed forward to try and get a result. This left some large gaps at the back and opened the game to the fast counter attack of Naas.
The third goal came from another great run from Fraser O’Byrne on the right when he took the ball to the baseline in the circle and cut it back for David Cooke to slot the ball home. Dublin North were well out of the game at this stage and apart from a few runs forward never really looked like scoring.
Goal number four was soon to follow when a free was awarded and Ciaran Davenport took the ball on a run into the circle and dispatched a reverse stick shot which went through the keeper’s legs. 4-0 and the game was all but over when Naas were awarded a penalty corner, a quick switch to Fraser O’Byrne who put the ball onto the far post and an awaiting David Scanlon who touched the ball into the goal to make it 5-0.
Naas were far from their best, but the result keeps them top of the table and with what could be a difficult trip to Pembroke next week were glad of the win despite the performance.
Best for Naas were Faser O‘Byrne & Elliot Lyons.