Jolly hockey sticks as Navan kicks off new year in perfect fashion

Story by Jimmy Geoghegan

Saturday, 5th January, 2019 1:51pm

Jolly hockey sticks as Navan kicks off new year in perfect fashion

Navan's Aisha Oladapo (right) tussles for possession during today's game.

The Navan women's hockey team kicked off 2019 in impressive fashion when they defeated Tullamore 5-0 in a league clash at St Joseph's Mercy Secondary School , Navan today with Bronagh Markey helping herself to a hat-trick. 

Currently struggling near the foot of the table Navan badly needed a victory in this contest and they were well on the way to achieving just that at half-time when they led 2-0 with Markey firing home two goals. 

The first arrived on 22 minutes and the second just before the interval with the ball taking a wicked deflection before ending up in the Tuallamore goals.  

Louise Byrne and Mairead Canavan also found the target for Ruth Fitzgerald's side before Markey struck to complete her hat-trick with almost the last strike of the ball. 

This was an encouraging team display by a hard working Navan side but Fitzgerald and her troops will know they have a far tougher challenges ahead as they seek to move away from the lower end of the table.  

See match report, analysis and photographs from game in next issue of the Meath Chronicle.