The thundery conditions of early Sunday morning had well and truly abated by the time of throw-in for the Junior Championship clash between Tara and Fr Murphys. This fixture proved to be demanding from the outset with each score being hard fought. However there was more fuel in Murphy's tank and a precedent for future performance was set when they were first to the scoreboard with a point from play by the very able Emma Taylor.
Despite being 3 players short, Murphys dug deep and made up for the difference by reading the game well, gaining early possession and by putting in some hard running, which saw them eat up the ground. Murphy's Sinead Kirk was a fine example of this. Tara's Grace Hamilton responded by gaining possession of a puck-out from the goalkeeper and scoring a fine point. Sheila Fernandes added another point to Tara's tally.
Emma Taylor earned herself a 21 yard free after being tackled close to the goal and scored a second point for Murphys. A goal for Murphys and the half time score was set at 1-2.
The second half saw many chances for Tara, who failed to dazzle on the pitch. Murphys went on to score a further two goals and 1 point in a great display of strength and resilience. Tara's Karen Curtin Landy scored a goal for Tara after a great solo in from Marion Coleman. Final score: Murphys 2-3 to Tara's 1-2.
Tara: Karen Curtin Landy, Nollaig Barron, Suzanna Gill, Orla Maguire, Christina Nash, Grace Hamilton, Sheila Fernandes, Sarah Gaughan, Deborah Lawrence, Nicola Robinson, Janine Heagney, Kate Barrett, Lousie Clarke, Tracy Wills, Breege Doherty, Marian Coleman.
Fr Murphys: Emma Taylor, Edel Byrne, Sinead Kirk, Claire Towey, Sinead Egan, Ruth Foley, Bronagh McAuley, Hannah Noonan, Anna Gibson, Jade O'Neill, Tina Quinn, Anne Marie Keogh, Sue Harding, Jackie Shiels, Eieen Rowesome.