Adare reach All-Ireland Junior Camogie semi-final with win over Great Britain’s Tara

Adare had to travel to London for their All-Ireland quarter-final where they overcame the Great Britain champions.

Adare booked their place in the last four of the All-Ireland Junior Camogie championship with a 3-8 to 0-9 win over Tara in Ruislip on Saturday afternoon.

The Limerick and Munster champions were slow off the mark in London but eventually found their rhythm to see off their hosts with Aebhín Houlihan and Poppy Giltenane hitting the net for Adare.

A middle third proved the difference as they scored 2-5 without reply to swing the contest in their favour.

They move into the All-Ireland semi-finals on Sunday December 11th where they will meet either Bridini Oga (Antrim) or Graenmore (Armagh) who meet in the Ulster final.

In Ruislip, Poppy Giltenane got Adare off to the perfect start with the opening score of the game. but the hosts selttled the better and hit the next five scores to move into a commanding lead.

Caoimhe Costelloe briefly replied for Adare but Tara were next on the scoresheet to move 0-6 to 0-2 clear with 25 minutes on the clock.

But Adare would have the final say of the half, first Houlihan pouncing on a dropped Costelloe free to flick to the net. Giltenane then fired over and the sides were level at the interval.

The Limerick side fired out of the blocks on the restart with Carla Griffin giving them their first lead since Giltenane’s opener. On 33 minutes they grabbed their second goal. Houlihan again pouncing after a dropped shot from Costelloe and suddenly they were 2-4 to 0-6 to the good. Costelloe added three to leave them seven clear with ten minutes to play.

Tara eventually broke their duck for the second half but Annie Giltenane halted their momentum for Adare. Her namesake Poppy then popped up with their third goal to put the game beyond Tara as she made it 3-8 to 0-7.

Tara did hit a couple late on but it was too little too late with Adare comfortable in the end in reaching the last four of the competition.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the perfect day for Caoimhe Costelloe as she missed out on All-Star honours later that evening.

Nonetheless, it was a successful afternoon in London for Adare who look forward to a trip to Edenderry for the All-Ireland semi-final in just under a fortnight’s time.

Scorers for Adare: Aebhín Houlihan (2-0), Poppy Giltenane (1-2), Caoimhe Costelloe (0-4, 2 frees), Annie Giltenane, Carla Griffin (both 0-1)

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