Tara took on Fr Murphy's for a repeat of last years Senior Championship Semi Final in a sun kissed Ruislip on Saturday afternoon. Tara got off to a shaky start in the opening 10 minutes. With the majority of the procession nerves seemed to be getting the better of the girls in blue and white. Bid Grennan hit the post, Gilligan missed a 45 and two goal chances went awry. Gilligan converted the first score of the game from a 45. Credit must go to Mel Hogan in goal for Fr Murphy's who made some fantastic saves in the first 10 minutes. Murphy's were off the hook and started to get into the game. They won a free which was converted by Grainne Hunter. Hogan made another great save when Jess Greene found herself in open space following a Gilligan pass. The ball went out for a 45 and was converted by Grennan. Tara conceded another free and Hunter duly converted to make it a drawn game for the 2nd time. Murphy's were finding their form at this stage and Emma Taylor converted a well worked point by the Murphy's forwards. This was followed by another point by Hannah Noone for Murphy's. She was through on goal and kicked the ball, Grace Hamilton in goal made a fantastic save but the ball diverted over the bar. 0-4 to 0-2 to Fr Murphy's at the mid way stage. Murphy's were on fire at this stage and Sinead Kirke gathered the ball on the 30, headed for goal and hand passed the ball to the net, 1-4 to 0-2 in Murphy's favour. Tara continued to clock up the wides with another missed opportunity by Grennan from a free. Finally Tara hit the net when Angela Kenneally made a great run through the defence. Her attempt at goal was saved by Hogan but the rebound was sent to the net by Gilligan. Brenda Kerr converted another great point for Fr Murphy's however this turned out to be Fr Murphy's last score of the game. Tara then won a lot of procession and seemed to be getting back on top of Fr Murphy's but just could not convert the scores. Celine O'Connor had another goal chance for Tara but again a missed opportunity. Half time score 1-5 to 1-2 in favour of the reigning champions. The teams were evenly matched at this point by the Murphy's were taking their scores.
Tara management made a crucial change at half time moving Grennan out to mid-field to team up with Meabh Brennan. This proved to be a great pairing and they dominated procession from the throw in at half time. Grennan gathered the ball at mid-field and send it into Gilligan who converted a point. Gilligan pointed a free for Tara a few minutes later and Tara finally seemed to be finding rhythm up front. However Fr Murphy's never die attitude won them a 21 year free. Hunter went for goal but it was saved by Rosie Cusack and Tara breathed a sigh of relief. Grennan gathered another ball in mid-field and sent it into the full forward line. Gilligan was on hand again and netted for the second time, 2-4 to 1-5 to Tara. Some great build up play between Kenneally and Grennan resulted in another point, converted by Joanne Hamilton. Hamilton and Gilligan teamed together for another point, converted by Gilligan. Tara were in control of the game at this point and were doing all the hurling. Fr Murphy's won a free which was dropped into the square. Sinead Kirke found the net but was deemed to be in the square by the umpires. A free out to Tara and it was their chance for a goal attempt. Rosie Sutcliffe was on hand for Tara but hit the sliotar wide. Kenneally converted a great score for Tara after gathering a ball on the 45, created space and sent the ball over the bar; 2-7 to 1-5 to Tara and Murphy's still hadn't scored in the second half. However they had two chances to take points but both were sent wide. Tara won a free in mid field. Gilligan sent it goal bound and it dropped into the net. 3-7 to 1-5 and Tara then went into defensive mode for the remaining 5 minutes. They held out and in the end were just too strong for Fr Murphy's. A convincing win for Tara after a shaky start.
Fr Murphy's best were Liz Moore, Eimear O'Higgins and Bronagh McLearnon in defence. Claire Towey mid-field and up front Emma Taylor and Grainne Hunter. Best for Tara in defence was Ann Gleeson, Rosie Cusack and Sheila Fernandes. Grennan dominated when she was moved to mid field. Gilligan, Hamilton, Greene and Kenneally did the damage up front for Tara. However Meabh Brennan at mid-field for Tara had a fantastic game throughout the 60 minutes and worked tirelessly in defence and attach for Tara.