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).