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At the end of the Mayo-Dublin All-Ireland semi-final five weeks ago, as the ‘Green and Red of Mayo’ boomed out over the loudspeakers, the chorus reverberated around the ground like a war-cry signalling the end of the most hurtful oppression imaginable at the hands of Dublin for over a decade.
Dónál Ó’Fatharta’s Galway U20 side, having produced a magnificent performance against the odds to overcome a strongly fancied Kerry team last Saturday, may not to get to play their All Ireland final against Dublin.
Come Sunday evening, either a long drought for one of the traditional big beasts of the game or the realisation of a long-held dream for one of the pretenders to the throne will become a reality, when the Moclair Cup is handed over in MacHale Park.
Over the past 12 seasons, just four clubs have ended the year with the Moclair Cup in their possession and for nine of those years, it was passed between Castlebar Mitchels and Ballintubber, with Ballaghaderreen winning twice and Charlestown once.
Galway upped their performance at the weekend with a convincing 4-13 to 0-7 win over Limerick in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League division one at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.
Maurice Sheridan’s NUIG suffered the narrowest of defeats at the hands of reigning champions UCC on Sunday afternoon in Dangan, losing by 2-12 to 1-14.
Goals in each half from Maria Reilly and Sarah Rowe, combined with a driving performance from the back by Danielle Caldwell helped Mayo book their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final with victory over Armagh.
Mayo left the field in MacHale Park a fortnight ago with mixed feelings, they were glad to have won a second bite at Galway, thanks to Tracey Leonard pulling her late, late free wide of the target - but also experienced regret over not taking the chances that came there way to win the game. Tomorrow afternoon in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick they will get a chance to put those regrets to right.
Galway senior camogie defied the bookies, winning a first national title since 2015 and halting Kilkenny's four-in-a-row march.
This was certainly a match which fitted all the criteria of the old adage – ‘A game of two halves.’