For the third consecutive year, Galway’s senior camogie team were left wondering what if at the penultimate hurdle as Kilkenny’s late burst in Semple Stadium on Saturday (18th August) including a Katie Power goal but the Noresiders into the All-Ireland Final.
Cathal Murray’s charges went down gallantly with Rebecca Hennelly converting a late penalty. But they only managed two scores from play over the hour and while Kilkenny were equally disappointing in a sweeper dominated contest, they made their purple spell count in the final quarter.
It was the third defeat against Kilkenny for Galway in 2018 and they’ll have much to ponder in the winter ahead as they try and return to genuine All-Ireland contenders. Their results show they can compete but they keep finding themselves the wrong side of marginal contests.
Murray did admit he felt Galway never got going in the game but believed they’d regroup and be back to challenge the Cork-Kilkenny axis again in 2019. He spoke to Galway Daily afterwards.
Kilkenny defeated a strong Galway team & Cork beat Tipp in a game which saw the return of camogie legend, Briege Corkery.
Its Kilkenny V Cork in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Croke Park, September 9th @OfficialCamogie pic.twitter.com/aZPfh6cS6u
— Liberty Insurance (@LibertyIRL) August 20, 2018