It was expected to be a tight encounter when Tara met Fr Murhpys on Saturday, as the last time these two teams met was in last years Championship final in Ruislip. Tara again emerged as victors but this time it was a very one-sided afair.
An early foul on Tara's Catherine Higgins saw Bid Grennan step up to point from a free. With the nerves settled Tara's forward line set about putting Fr Murhpys defense of Liz McGrath, Sinead O'Neill and Ann Marie Keogh under fierce pressure. Tara's Helen Murphy scored the only goal of the half and after Fr Murphys scored a point from a free following a foul on Thressa McConnell the first half finished 1-8 to 0-1.
In the second half, Tara were again quick out of the block. Mel Hogan put in a faultless display of goal keeping for Fr Murphys but could do little with Tara's Rosie Cusack and Meabh Brennan winning the majority of the puck outs and breaking ball in the middle of the park.
Fr Murphys switched Anna Gibson and Sinead Kirk to forwards but this did little to change the flow of play with a strong controlling performance from Tara's Joanne Hamilton. Angela Kenneally and Denise Gilligan added two more goals to the Tara tally. Despite this Fr Murphys kept battling and Zoe Power and Ruth Foley worked well to put in two quick passes in the forwards and added two further points to the scoreboard. In the dying minutes a Fr Murphys free was also blocked by Tara's keeper Niamh Dolan and scrambled from the goal line by Tara's Niamh Keating and Sheila Fernandes. Despite Fr Murphys revival towards the end of the second half the final score was 3-13 to 0-3 in Tara's favour.
Tara: Niamh Dolan, Susi Gill, Niamh Keating, Sheila Fernandes, Catherine Higgins, Bridget Grennan, Ann Gleeson, Meabh Brennan, Rosie Cusack, Yvonne Donnelly, Denise Gilligan, Helen Murphy, Joanne Hamilton, Grace Hamilton, Angela Kenneally, Dearbhail O'Neill, Donna Gallery
Fr Murphys: Mel Hogan, Liz McGrath, Sinead O'Neill, Helen Tracey, Ann-Marie Keogh, Aoife Waters, Zoe Power, Ruth Foley, Thressa McConnell, Anna Gibson, Eleanor Hughes, Sinead Kirk, Adrienne Cormican, Caoimhe Cusack-Smith, Catherine Moran, Brenda Kerr, Laura Tarpey