Match Preview: Naas CBS ready to grab chance on the biggest stage

Robert Cribbin

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Robert Cribbin

Naas CBS Team
Barring a draw Naas CBS’S All -Ireland odyssey will come to an end this evening as they take on St Michael’s of Enniskillen in the Hogan Cup Final in Croke Park. It’s been quite the journey when you consider that they have come from not competing in the competition two years ago to now being just sixty minutes from an All-Ireland Title. The back to back Leinster Champions produced their best performance to date last weekend when they dealt with the might of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and it enabled them to go one step further than last year when they fell to Rice College of Mayo in the last four. That experience of being so close in 2018 looks to have helped the side though and with the likes of David Morrissey, Jack Hamill, Tony O’Connor and Conall Gallagher all still involved they have driven the side on to the final. It’s a team full of quality all over the field with Gallagher and Hamill leading a stout defence while up front Alex Beirne and Mikey McGovern have been putting up big scores and with a squad of 35 they have made full use of the talent at their disposal. There are eight Clubs represented on the Naas squad and seven of them are from Kildare with players from Naas, Raheens, Ballymore Eustace, Eadestown, Two Mile House, Robertstown and Sallins on show. There are also three players from Blessington including Conall Gallagher who was on the Wicklow Under 20 Squad last year. This afternoon's opponents like Naas will be hoping to win their first Hogan Cup after they achieved Ulster Glory in winning the MacRory Cup Final against Omagh CBS to land their first title since 2012 before they then accounted for St.Colman’s of Claremorris in the semi-finals. Naas Manager Ronan Joyce has done a brilliant job with the team over the last couple of seasons and he knows that today will be different in a lot of ways but has full faith in his group of players. “It’s a huge day for them but the occasion doesn’t really get to these lads, they’ve done it before as a lot of them would have played in the Leinster Minor Final in Tullamore last year and some of them have won two Leinster’s now so I don’t think the occasion will get to them but at the same time you never know what’s going to happen on the day but we are looking forward to it already”. “We played St.Michael’s earlier on in the year in a challenge game and it finished a draw and we know a few things about them and we’ll work on that over the next few days and we will be ready come the weekend”. Throw-in is at 2.45 P.M and TG4 will have live coverage of the game.   Naas CBS Team and Management   Jack Hamill (Raheens) Captain Liam Broderick (Ballymore Eustace) Vice Captain David Morrissey (Naas) John Lawler (Eadestown) Conall O’Gallachobhair (Blessington) Kevin Quinn (Blessington) Eoin Archbold (Naas) Kevin Kelleher (Ballymore Eustace) Jack Cleary (Naas) Tony O’Connor (Two Mile House) Alex Beirne (Naas) Drew Costello (Naas) Mikey McGovern (Raheens) Dermot Hanifin (Naas) Eoin Conneff (Eadestown) Aaron Lawler (Eadestown) Paddy McDermott (Naas) Conan Boran (Eadestown) Harry Carroll (Eadestown) Simon Murphy (Ballymore Eustace) Aidan Cassidy (Eadestown) Rian Monaghan (Naas) Murray O’Byrne (Robertstown) Conor Murphy (Raheens) Craig Johnston (Sallins) Aidan Dunlea (Raheens) Ethan Cotter (Blessington) Eoin Doyle (Eadestown) Luke Kelly (Sallins) Adam Malone (Raheens) Billy Byrne (Naas) Cormac Dempsey (Naas) Liam Walsh (Naas) Paddy Kelly (Naas) Adam Byrne (Two Mile House   Management: Ronan Joyce, Shane McGuinness, Alan Cullagh, Cormac Kirwan and Louise Keane.