North London Shamrocks 1-09, Tara 1-06
By Fiona O’Brien.
North London Shamrocks are celebrating winning their first-ever trophy, after picking up the Murphy Cup from a tough final encounter against Tara in Ruislip on Saturday.
The Shamrocks came up trumps in an end-to-end match, putting in a clinical performance in what was an uncomfortably close tie, with never more than a goal separating the two sides.
At that, a goal was the barrier between the sides for only a minute, but hinted a nightmare ending to a fairytale script for the Shamrocks as it was Tara who first got their noses in front after a stirring opening five minutes of play.
Scott Conroy proved the catalyst for the Shamrocks’ comeback, and along with an immense performance from midfielder and Coronas front man Danny O’Reilly were able to smother any Tara efforts.
John Looney opened the scoring for Tara, before Conroy cancelled out the opener with a well-taken free of his own on three minutes. Tara won the resultant kick-out and used possession well as Looney passed to Joe Martin who successfully rattled the back of Joe McHugh’s net.
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