All those involved with Galway football breathed a huge sigh of relief today after Alan Mulholland's side finished strongly to deny Waterford a famous win in a 1-12 to 0-14 win in Salthill.
Six unanswered points from Waterford had them three points up with 15 minutes remaining but Michael Meehan found the net as the Tribesmen rallied to avoid an embarrasing defeat.
Galway opted to play with the breeze and began brightly with three points in the trot with two from Michael Meehan and a point from Danny Cummins.
Waterford responded in drizzly conditions that were causing a number of players to slip with Paul Whtyte and Tony Grey pointing.
Cummins added his second point before forcing a brilliant save from Stephen Enright in the Waterford goal.
Paul Conroy stretched Galway's lead with a booming effort from distance but Waterford rattled off three points to level matters.
Braces of points from Conroy and Meehan looked to have given Galway a cushion but Niall Carew's men kept the pressure on.
Conroy and Whyte traded points before half-time with the Triebesmen leading by 0-10 to 0-7 at the break.
With the elements in their favour, Waterford knew they had the chance for a famous result and landed six unanswered points after the restart with Gary Hurney and Paul Whyte the main dangers.
Paul Conroy was taken down with 14 minutes to go and Sean Armstrong knocked over Galway's first point of the second half.
Michael Martin put one between the teams before Michael Meehan struck for a goal to put Alan Mulholland's team back in front.
Paul Whyte's eight point of the game on the stroke of full-time left a solitary point between the sides but Galway held on.