Tara and Brothers Pearse met on a sunny Saturday in Greenford for the second round of the Junior League. With Pearses strong performance in the League last year they went in as favourites, but it was the girls in blue and white who started the stronger and came out all guns blazing, and it was clear that the spectators in Greenford were in for a great game of camogie. Anna Nyhan, Lisa Creamer and Kate Mooney worked well together in the Tara midfield, stopping Pearses advancing and pushing a lot of ball into the Tara forwards. With Nyhan in particular pushing a lot of ball forward it wasnt long before Tara soon got their first score of the day, with a point by the hardworking Nyhan. A goal by Sheila Fernandes soon followed, and Joni Traynor soon put a point over from a free to put the Taras 1-2 to no score up. Pearses started to advance and it was clear that Andrea Davis was going to cause the Tara backline a lot of problems. However Traynor and full back Emer Kelly stood strong and cleared a lot of balls down field.
Fierce battles in midfield ensued, but it was the Taras who again pushed forward. With Fenton starting to really command her position, and the experienced Sheila Fernandes crossing in a lot of ball, Tara soon added another goal and a fine point by Fenton. Joni Traynor added another point from a free and it looked like the Taras were well in control. However Pearses had other ideas and pushed forward. With Mary Cremin working hard to push balls into the Pearses forwards, it wasnt long before Davis got her first point of the day, although it could have easily of been a goal was it not for a fine save by Katy Healey. Davis added another fine point not long after but the Taras retaliated with another goal by Kate Mooney. With the breeze picking up by the start of the second half, it was Pearses who used the wind to their advantage and got off to a flying start. The impressive Davis scored a magnificent goal from long range and soon added two more points from frees. Orla Tynan in her first game for Tara moved into midfield and got the Tara scores in the second half off to a start with a great point from play.
Pearses continued to dominate possession and it wasn’t long before they added another goal. With ten minutes left, it was the Taras though who dug deep and pushed forward. With Nyhan pushing lots of ball into Fernandes, Claire Mead for Pearses had to work hard to clear the corner. With only two points in it with a few minutes to go, tensions were high. However Tara pumped over another point to leave 3 in it and a very relieved and happy Tara team celebrated their victory.