Galway step it up in second-half

Galway 3-10 Cork 1-15

Trailing by three points at half time (1-9 to 2-3), a goal by centre-back Nicola Ward, added to three-pointers by Aoibhinn Joyce and Emma Reaney in the opening half, were crucial in deciding the game. The Cork full-forward line were dominant throughout, contributing 1-13 of their tally but the goals made the difference for the Tribeswomen.

Scorers for Galway: O Divilly 0-4 (2fs), C Burke 0-4, E Reaney 1-1, A Joyce, N Ward 1-0 each, M Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: J Dennihy 1-6 (6fs), S Moore 0-4, E Scally 0-3, A O’Connor 0-2.

Subs: C Murphy, B Casey.

GALWAY: S Burke; S Hynes, M Heneghan, E Gavin (capt); M Glynn, N Ward; N Hanniffy, S Gavin, M Kelly; O Divilly, L Ward, C Burke; K Carter, A Joyce, E Reaney.

Sub: Rebecca Mongan

CORK: O Cahill; E Carey, M Ambrose (capt), E Meaney; C O’Rourke, C Hickey, J Tonks; E Ní Dheasmhunaigh, A O’Connor; M Corkery, H Looney, A Dowling; E Scally, J Dennihy, S Moore.

Referee: G McMahon (Dublin).

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