Galway’s hunger rewarded in camogie replay

Galway minor camogie captain Laura Donnellan, celebrates with teammates after winning the All-Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship final. Ailish O’Reily’s first-half goal helped Galway to a 2 - 12 to 2 - 8 victory over Clare at Semple Stadium. Clodagh McGrath and the accurate Rebecca Hennelly gave Galway the perfect start, and after O’Reily’s goal, three unanswered points from Hennelly (free), Aoife Donoghue, and Finola Keely put the Tribeswomen in the driving seat. Despite a Clare fight-back, Marie Breheny sealed the game for the Westerners with her second-half goal. 
Galway: O Lane, T Kenny, K Brien, S Coen, N Murphy, L Donnellan, L Farrell, L Mitchell, S Healy, R Hennelly (0-6, 0-4 free’s, 0-1 ‘45’), C McGrath (0-1), A O’ Reilly (1-0), F Keely (0-1), M Breheny (1-1), A Donoghue (0-1); Subs: N McGrath (0-2) for Keely (43 mins), M Cooney for Donoghue (58 mins).

Galway minor camogie captain Laura Donnellan, celebrates with teammates after winning the All-Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship final. Ailish O’Reily’s first-half goal helped Galway to a 2 - 12 to 2 - 8 victory over Clare at Semple Stadium. Clodagh McGrath and the accurate Rebecca Hennelly gave Galway the perfect start, and after O’Reily’s goal, three unanswered points from Hennelly (free), Aoife Donoghue, and Finola Keely put the Tribeswomen in the driving seat. Despite a Clare fight-back, Marie Breheny sealed the game for the Westerners with her second-half goal. Galway: O Lane, T Kenny, K Brien, S Coen, N Murphy, L Donnellan, L Farrell, L Mitchell, S Healy, R Hennelly (0-6, 0-4 free’s, 0-1 ‘45’), C McGrath (0-1), A O’ Reilly (1-0), F Keely (0-1), M Breheny (1-1), A Donoghue (0-1); Subs: N McGrath (0-2) for Keely (43 mins), M Cooney for Donoghue (58 mins).

The Galway senior camogie ladies edged out Cork by 0-10 to 0-9 in Sunday’s All Ireland Senior Camogie semi-final replay in Semple Stadium to shatter Cork’s dreams of winning a coveted three in-a-row.

Sandra Tannian and wingback Regina Glynn, who was rewarded with the Gala Performance Award, were outstanding for Galway, while Aislinn Connolly’s frees and Brenda Hanney’s late score were vital in the narrow win. In contrast to the first encounter between these sides, this replay produced little in the way of free-flowing camogie, with both defences on top. However Galway had the edge at the break, leading by 0-6 to 0-3, and Noel Finn’s side could have been further ahead but for a super save by Aoife Murray in the 29th minute from a Curtin effort. Although the Rebels came back to take the lead in the 53rd minute, Galway’s hunger was rewarded.

The team will now face 2007 champions Wexford in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on Sunday, September 12.

Galway: S Earner; S Tannian, S Dervan, N Kilkenny; R Glynn, AM Hayes, T Manton; E Kilkelly, O Kilkenny; C Murray 0-1, T Maher, B Hanney 0-1; T Rutledge 0-1, V Curtin 0-1, A Connolly 0-6(fs ). Subs: J Gill for Murray (45 ); A Lynskey for Kilkelly (54 ); L Ryan for Rutledge (60+6 ).

Cork: A Murray; J O’Callaghan, C Foley, R Buckley; J Duffy, M O’Connor, G O’Connor 0-1(f ); O Cotter 0-1, J Duffy; J White, E O’Sullivan 0-2, J O’Leary; S Burns 0-5(fs ), R Moloney, J Casey. Subs: P Mackey for Foley (35 ); D Cronin for Moloney (49 ); K Mackey for Casey (54 ).

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