GALWAY SEAL VICTORY DESPITE MUCH IMPROVED SECOND HALF FROM DUBLIN

Dublin 1-07
Galway 5-09

Galway left Parnell Park this afternoon with the championship points in the bag thanks in main to the five goals they plundered in the game.

Dublin left themselves a mountain to climb after the first half as they found themselves down by eleven points, thanks in the main to goals from Noreen Coen and Ailish O’Reilly and only managing to register two points themselves both coming from frees.

But it was a much more even contest after the break as the girls in blue gave a much better account of their abilities as they marched Galway in all areas of the pitch.

The introduction of Sarah O’Donovan early in the second period made a major difference as it gave the Dubs a physical presence in front of goal which paid off as found the back of the net to close the gap.

A long high ball was launched in around the square, Sarah pulled on the sliotar in the air with the Galway fullback and the ball dropped invitingly at her feet and she struck it first to into the left corner of the net.

But Galway put paid to the comeback with two Ailish O’Reilly goals to complete her hat-trick and keep Dublin at arms length and claim the victory.

Dublin will now head to play Tipperary away from home next Saturday and will need a victory in that game to have any chance of making the knockout stages of this years championship.

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