Naas dish out massive 32-point hammering to neighbours Eadestown in championship opener

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Naas dish out massive 32-point hammering to neighbours Eadestown in championship opener
15:37 Sunday 7th of May 2017

Naas                    3-24

Eadestown          0-2

Joe Mallon SFC round one

Eadestown manager Philly Wolfe will have a serious task on his hands to pick up his beleaguered side ahead of a second round game after they were on the end of a 31-point demolition job from Naas in their opening game of the championship.

The victors were impressive in their win, despite the paucity of the opposition, and the fact that 12 different players got their name on the scoresheet is indicative of a team playing with verve and attacking from all angles.

The one sour note from the win came midway through the first half when Ronan Joyce was forced off with a worrying looking injury after shipping a heavy knock.

It was game over at half-time as Eadestown were not only down by 20 points, they were also down a man after Mark Dowling was shown a second yellow shortly before half-time, and it's unlikely that they looked forward to coming out for the second half.

Naas were at their free-flowing best however, though they were allowed to slice through the Eadestown rearguard all to often during that first half.

It didn't look like it would be such a one-sided game after 10 minutes as Eadestown stayed neck and neck with their opponents, even opening the scoring after four minutes through a Steven Smith free. Their defence remained relatively tight during the opening stages, but once Ronan Joyce curled over a fine opener it was very much a case of the floodgates being opened.

Eammon Callaghan then notched the first of his five first have points with a superb curling long range effort, and points from Philly Cocoman, Joyce, Conor Mellett and Callaghan came over the next eight minutes as Naas grabbed a stranglehold of the game and grew in confidence.

Naas were really beginning to attack at will by this point and their defenders were joining in on the act as the likes of Brian Kane and John Hill fired over points, while David Gahan and Ross Kelly both broke from midfield to register a point apiece.

The inevitable goal arrived after 30 minutes when Philly Cocoman played a fine pass into the bread basket of Mellett, and he turned his man before finding the top corner of Mark Murphy's net.

Naas still had time to score a further 1-3 before the break as referee Fintan Barrett played an extended period of injury time, during which Gahan netted the second goal from the penalty spot for Naas to leave them 2-15 to 0-1 ahead at the break.

It was a case of damage limitation for Eadestown during the second half, and Naas let up a small bit, but they still regularly chipped over scores to keep the board ticking over.

Callaghan continued to fire over impressive points, while Ailin McDermott, Philip Cocoman and Barry Murphy also added a score each. It was Joey Cocoman who kicked the most eye-catching score of the second half with a lovely screwed effort from the right wing.

Cian Bolton got Eadestown's second point in the 51st minute, coming 47 minutes after their first, with a tidy effort from long range, and there was little other incident in the remainder of the game until Murphy thundered home a third Naas goal as they cruised home in second gear.

Scorers for Naas: C Mellett 1-4(3f), E Callaghan 0-7(1f), B Murphy and D Gahan(1-0pen) 1-1 each, R Joyce 0-3(1f), J Cocoman and P Cocoman 0-2 each, A McDermott, J Hill, B Kane, R Kelly and B Byrne 0-1 each.

Scorers for Eadestown: S Smith and C Bolton 0-1 each.

Naas

L Mullins; B Byrne, S Bergin, J Hill; A McDermott, E Doyle, B Kane; R Kelly, D Gahan; J Cocoman, R Joyce(B Murphy 20mins), E Callaghan; J Joyce, P Cocoman, C Mellett(O Gill 43mins).

Eadestown

M Murphy; A Fitzsimons, E Conroy, C Fitzsimons; E Woods, E Bolton, M Dowling; B Lawlor, P O'Sullivan(S Dunne 60 mins); P Doherty, S O'Sullivan, J Deane(R Smith 43mins); S Smith, C Bolton, E Cummins.

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