Wednesday 18 October 2017

Galway v Kilkenny - Game at a glance

Player of the Match

Daragh O Conchuir

Ailish O'Reilly (Galway)

O'Reilly proved to be the difference between the sides, scoring a goal and winning multiple frees every time she ran at the Kilkenny defence.

TURNING POINT

Deep in the second half Michelle Quilty got a free to close the gap to three. Galway then missed a free and Katie Power had an easy chance to cut the deficit to two, but she missed and the momentum swung away from Kilkenny.

TALKING POINT

No one begrudged Galway finally getting over the line, but the consensus was that this was not a vintage final with a lot of scrappy play and both sides looking a bit nervous.

MAGIC MOMENT

In a match short of dazzling skill, an Emma Kilkelly point in the 40th minute stood out, as she deftly killed a delivery with her stick and then swung over a super long-range point.

REF WATCH

It was a surprising in a game with a lot of tight marking and some heavy hits that Limerick ref Ger O'Dowd never booked a single player, particularly after Katie Power had been struck on the hand in the first half.

WHAT THEY SAID

Tony Ward (Galway manager):

"This was one of my great sporting days, to bring two adult teams to Croke Park and come away with wins. Some people say it's unbelievable, but it is believable for these girls, because they have suffered such heartache and today finally is their day."

Graham Dillon (Kilkenny co-manager):

"You couldn't question our girls' work rate today, but they didn't give a great account of their hurling skills, which is a real pity, they just never got off the ground."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Galway 5 (3 first half)

Kilkenny 6(0)

Frees:

Galway 15 (6)

Kilkenny 14 (6)

Yellow Cards:

Galway 0

Kilkenny 0

Attendance: 15,063

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