THREE weeks ago, a late goal denied Galway a badly-needed win in the Gala All Ireland intermediate camogie championship. Not for the first time this summer, they were stunned at the death. Following on from the disappointing exit of their senior team to an injury time green flag from Kilkenny, their intermediate side looked to have this title in the bag against Cork in the Gaelic Grounds, but Marie Walsh dramatically crashed to the net on full time to force a replay.
It was a cruel blow to Noel Finn’s side, which had one hand on the McGrath Cup, which ironically was donated by a well-known Cork referee. So, it is a case of all roads leading to McDonagh Park in Nenagh on Saturday (3.30pm) for the much-anticipated replay.
Galway will have to work hard again, just as they did in the drawn game, coming from three points behind at the interval to surge four points clear coming down the home straight. Goalkeeper Deirdre Ward couldn’t be faulted over the hour, and the accuracy of Martina Conroy will once again be vital to the Maroon attack.
Cork meanwhile showed amazing resolve despite much of the contest being dominated by the westerners. Michelle Browne is a superb point taker and Eimear Watson demonstrated her class with her first half goal.
Indeed the Milford girl could be celebrating on the double this week as she helped her club to the Cork county final on Monday night. Outsiders Milford, who sensationally knocked out defending champions Douglas, will go in search of their first senior title when they meet the winners of the other semi-final which ended in a draw between St Catherine’s and St Finbarr’s.