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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.’
When we played with Corofin or Galway back in the 1990s, we would point out at team meetings that to win a championship game, a team needed nine or 10 players to beat their direct opponent in their individual duels. If that happened, you generally won the game.
Sunday was a tough day for Galway supporters who were fortunate enough to get a ticket to the 2018 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final in Croke Park.
First up and into the fray next Sunday on All Ireland hurling final day at Croke Park are the Galway minors who take on Kilkenny (1pm).
The Galway senior footballers under Kevin Walsh have thus far enjoyed a productive season.