Galway powered through to the All-Ireland senior ladies football semi-finals at the expense of Clare on Saturday evening last.
The Tribeswoman comfortably saw off the challenge from the Munster ladies, recording a 12-point victory at St Brendan’s Park in Birr.
Edel Concannon was inspirational for Galway, hitting 1-7 overall as her side ensured their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2005.
Following their recent shock win over Meath in the qualifiers, the Banner ladies were confident of producing another surprise in this year’s championship. However, Galway notched up 1-5 without reply just after half-time to quench any hope of a Clare victory.
With Concannon on fire up front, she was ably assisted by Emma Curley in midfield, along with Annette Clarke, who was operating at full-forward.
The aforementioned Curley burst through the Clare defence to goal four minutes into the second half, thus pushing Galway 11 points ahead of their opposition, who were beaten by Cork in their Munster semi-final battle earlier this year.
Despite finishing on the losing side on Saturday, Clare forward Niamh O’Dea was rewarded with the player-of-the-match accolade, following her hugely impressive performance. The star full-forward registered 1-6 from play from her personal tally of 1-8.
Galway: L Higgins; M Coyne, S Conneally, R McPhilbin; B Hannon, E Flaherty, S Burke; E Curley (2-0, 1-0 pen), A Daly (1-1); G Conneally (0-2), D Brennan, C Hehir (0-2); E Gannon (0-1), A Clarke (1-2), E Concannon (1-6, 0-3f).
Subs: G O’Connor (0-3) for Gannon (26); L Joyce (0-2) for Brennan (42); N Duggan for G Conneally (54); A Rohan for Curley (58)
Clare: E O’Driscoll; S Kelly, L Kelly, L Ryan; R Looney (1-0), L Henchy, M Delaney; M Considine, F Lafferty; N Carroll, N Keane (0-1), M Kelly; N Lardner, N O’Dea (1-8, 0-2f), A Considine (0-6, 0-5f).
Subs: E Considine (0-1) for Lardner (21); S Harvey for Delaney (h/t)
Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan)