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the game at a glance

Therese Maher (Galway)

Wexford's Ursula Jacob was a serious contender after her late game-winning flurry of scores but the Galway centre-back was a colossus throughout and certainly didn't deserve to lose her fifth senior final.

Turning point

After going three points clear in the third quarter, Galway missed three good chances -- one dropped short, one wide and another off the upright -- in a five-minute spell. Extending their lead would have made it very difficult for a Wexford fightback.

Talking point

How well Galway played and yet still lost. They kept the defending champs scoreless from play for 38 minutes and outplayed them for long periods but still couldn't put them away.

Ref watch

A very stop-start game which wasn't Mike O'Kelly's fault as he actually let a lot go at times. He appeared to get a few calls wrong but none that were game-changing and rightly overruled his officials when necessary.

What they said

Ursula Jacob (Wexford captain):

"We knew we hadn't performed as well in the first half but we knew there was a good second half in us and we kept tipping away. Even when they got the goal, we were resilient."

Noel Finn (Galway manager):

"Wexford fought to the bitter end but we just didn't get the breaks today. When we went three up we had a chance to push on and missed a few scores to go five or six up and I think that was the difference."

Match Statistics

Wides: Wexford 5 (5); Galway 9 (7)

Frees: Wexford 17 (9); Galway 15 (6)

Yellow Cards: Wexford 0; Galway 1 (Manton 3)

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 14,974

Irish Independent