U9 Premier Lose To Strong Naas Team

Caragh Celtic 0
Naas AFC 3

Caragh hosted local rivals Naas to the parish field this weekend in what proved to be very challenging conditions for the boys to play good football. On a day where it called for keeping the ball on the ground and letting the ball do the work it was Naas who adapted best to the conditions and there passing game just proved to be too good for Caragh on the day.

The first quarter was a tight enough affair but all the real chances were coming around the Caragh goalmouth. Caragh defended well and were more than a physical match for their Naas counterparts. With Caolan captaining the team for the day, he was giving everything for his team at the back to keep Naas out and he was assisted by the speed of Ross on a number of occasions to make some timely interceptions and clearances. The quarter ended goalless.

The opening goal wasn’t long coming though in the second quarter. Caragh failed to clear their lines when they had the chance and gifted possession to Naas in our own penalty area, an opportunity that Naas gratefully accepted. The second goal followed soon afterwards when a Naas player scored an excellent individual goal when he chipped Conor McCall in the Caragh goals from the narrowest of angles giving Conor no chance to leave the score 2-0 to Naas at half time.

Caragh started to really come in to the game in the third quarter and we started to get our fair share of possession but just couldn’t find the passes to create any clear cut chances. Noah, Mikey and Daire all looked like they were going to get through on Naas goal but either a Naas boot or body got in the way to keep us at bay. Daniel performed really well in goals in this quarter for Caragh handling everything that came his way comfortably and playing the ball out well from the back,

The final quarter saw the Caragh lads continue to throw everything at Naas but we just couldn’t find a chink in their armour and while throwing everything forward Naas killed off the game with their third goal when their star man, Ryan, finished a counter attack in clinical fashion, giving Evan no chance in the Caragh goals, to leave the score 3-0 at the final whistle.

On this performance this Naas team are the best we will face in this league by a country mile and are the standard we should be aiming to catch and pass.

Caragh: Caolan O’Toole(Capt), Noah Byrne, Ross Ward, Mikey Coffey, Cian O’Reilly, Evan Gilmartin, Daire Gilmartin, Daniel Hamill, Conor Cassidy, Conor McCall