Naas travelled to the leafy suburbs of Dublin 4 for their 6th round match in the Leinster League division 4 game against Pembroke on Saturday, where they came out on the wrong end of a challenging game. In contrast to Naas, Pembroke have not had a good start to the season and fielded a very strong team for the home fixture. Naas came into the game full of confidence and determined to continue the excellent start to the season. However, the opposition had some thing else in mind.
Naas certainly started bright and moved the ball well and had some early forays into the oppositions circle but could not find the finish when it mattered. Pembroke were resolute in defense and frustrated Naas with some solid defending at times. The first half was a story of missed opportunities and squandered chances for Naas. The first goal of the game was from some quick play from Pembroke who moved the ball smartly through their midfield and found a slim gap in the Naas defense where the awaiting attacker put the ball away with clinical precision. A well worked goal with their only meaningful attack of the half.
Naas didn’t panic and knew they had more to give to turn the game around.
The second half was much like the first with Naas not being able to find their rhythm and Pembroke growing in confidence with every attack. The fluid fast attacking play Naas were so used to was stifled by some strong defending by Pembroke who did not give the Naas side the chance to get going. With only one goal in the game there was always the chance of Naas getting back into it and pushing on for the win, but time was against them and Pembroke were not going to give in that easily. Time and time again Naas just couldn’t find a clear way through and on the occasions when they did, unusually, their finishing let them down.
Time was running out and Naas were getting tired and with that Pembroke pushed on to try and seal the win, which they did in the dying minutes with a fortunate break down the right wing which led to an unexpected shot which somehow took a deflection and found its way into the goal. 2-0 and there was no time left to mount a comeback.
Naas will be disappointed with how they played and will learn from their mistakes but move on to the next game confident of getting back in their stride and back to the top of the table. They next play Trinity, away, in the quarter final of the Neville Davin Cup on Sunday 25th Nov before a top of the table clash with local rivals North Kildare the following week.