Tara reach Senior Final for 5th year in a row
Author: Joni Traynor
Venue: TCG, Greenford
Date: 28th September 2013
Result: Tara 4-16 Fr Murphys 1-3
Tara and Fr Murphy's met in the London Senior County Championship semi-final in Greenford on Saturday 28th September. With conditions perfect, both teams hoped to book their spot in the county final in Ruislip on 12th October.
However, it was to be the girls in blue and white who started the stronger. The Tara ladies, under new coach Tomas Lally (Galway) got their challenge for a Championship final spot off to a flying start with 7 points within the first 15 minutes.
Tara's midfield rocket Orla Callanan opened the scoring with Noreen O'Keeffe and the experienced Angela Kenneally getting 2 points each within quick succession of each other. Tara's Fiona Morrissey who had looked lively from the start, linked up well with Caroline Kelly to charge towards goals and rattle the back of the Murphy's net to get her first score, and Taras first goal of the match.
Murphys got little rest in the first half as the Tara forwards all worked extremely hard, showing great link up play and fighting for every ball. Craughwell native Niamh Dolan scored a fine point from a tight angle on the right wing, before herself adding a goal after a great pass in from Kenneally. The Tara trojan in midfield that is Caroline Kelly made sure that Murphys did not clear any balls downfield and deservingly hit a point over herself in the 20th minute. With Morrissey hitting a point over from a free and 2 fine scores from play, and Noreen O'Keeffe, who had a great 1st half in centre forward, hitting over 2 more points from play, the Taras looked to have this well wrapped up when the ever energetic Kenneally fired home another goal.
Murphy's broke downfield though and put their first score over late in the 1st half, before Kenneally replied with another point. And so the 1st half ended 3-13 to 0-1 in favour of the girls in blue and white.
It was Murphys who started the 2nd half the livelier and showed a lot more determination, fight and grit than in the 1st half. Their hard work was rewarded early on with a fine point from play. This was quickly followed up by a goal past the Tara goalie Denise Gilligan, and suddenly the Tara defence found themselves under more pressure. With a strong subs bench, Tara brought on a number of fresh players to give tired legs a rest - Eilish O'Neill, Joni Traynor, Anna Nyhan and Lisa Creamer also came on to give the girls in blue some fresh legs.
The fresh legs seemed to spur on the girls in blue and white and despite Murphys increased fight in the 2nd half it was not to be enough - ultimately the experience and strength of the Tara squad shone through. Kenneally fired home her 2nd goal of the day and the lively pairing of Morrissey and O'Keeffe put over 2 points and a point respectively late on in the 2nd half. Murphy's put over another fine point before the final whistle to leave the final score at 4-16 to 1-03.
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