Tara make it 5 Senior London titles in a row
Author: Patrick Keane
Venue: TCG, Greenford
Date: 12th October September 2013
Tara ladies won their fifth Senior Championship title in a row with a dominating victory over Fullen Gaels at Ruislip on Saturday.
The game itself was a one-sided affair with Tara able to attack at will while producing some rock solid defending to subdue their game opponents. At the start of the match both sides looked eager in the tackles with clashes in the centre of the park becoming a common affair with every high ball thumped forward.
As was to be expected, Tara began the faster rallying up a colosak eight-point lead without a response from the GAels. Tara's first two goals within the space of ten minutes were courtesy of some scrappy defending and precise finishes from Joanne Hamilton and Angela Kenneally.
Hamilton's goal in particular was a classic case of how sloppy defending can cost your team early in such an important match.
Despite having a miserable start, the Gaels still showed tremendous heart and grit as they drove forward with every opportunity afforded to them by their opponent's tight defence. Great credit has to be given towards Fullen forward Ciara Healy, who from set plays was an accurate predator between the posts.
Healy's impressive tally at the end of the game would consist of six well taken frees with no misses in sight from fixed static positions. Tara entered the half time break with a comfortable lead of 3-6 to the Gaels 0-4.
The second half would once again be owned by Tara and in particular thrieving force from midfield Fiona Morrissey. Morrissey's ability to beat players while on the move at a fast pace was a great asset to her sides attacking play, and earned her three points on the bounce early on in the second half.
In amongst a Tara dominated afternoon, a new scorer finally got on the score board for the Gaels, with Alicia Wilkinson blasting home a thurty yard effort confidently between her rivals posts.
With the game all but won, the final moments of the match became a slightly slower affair with tirdness and motivation beginning to dwindle. With 15 minutes on the clock, Tara ensured their afternoon would get much sweeter with super sub Anna Nyhan slotting home a sliced shot past an unlucky Gaels goal keeper.
At the final whistle, Tara celebrated their fifth title in a row, culminating in a superior run of form that doesn't look like it's going to stall anytime soon.
As for the Fullen Gaels, they can be proud of making it to the final where they were up against a strong side who never really let them into the game.
After being presented the winning trophy along with the player of the match award, captain Caroline Kelly spoke with delight about her sides achievements. She said: 'Today we worked really hard for this result and I have to thank all the players and the coaching staff for their hard work and dedication. As for our opponents the Fullen Gaels, I have to say well done on getting this far considering you have only played together for two years, I'm sure you will be back and that you have some big games ahead of you.
Tara: Denise Gilligan, Emer Kelly, Bridget Grennan, Niamh Keating, Helen Murphy, Lucy Hawkes, Grace Hamilton, Caroline Kelly, Orla Callanan, Noreen O'Keeffe (0-2), Fiona Morrissey (0-7, 2f), Eilish O'Neill, Niamh Dolan (0-1), Angela Kenneally (2-3), Joanne Hamilton (1-0); Subs: Anna Nyhan (1-0) for Joanne Hamilton, Lisa Creamer for O'Neill
Fullen Gaels: Ciara Caley, Linda Coughlan, Ann Marie Keating, Laura Masterson, Fiona Courtney, Karen O'Leary, Una Haven, Sinead Boyle, Helen O'Mahoney, Alisia Wilkinson (0-1), Aine Briselane, Ellen Ryan, Catrina Gallagher, Ciara Healy (0-6, 6f), Clare Commane Subs: Aileen Gallagher for Ryan, Rosemarie McCarthy for Coughlan