Galway’s goal threat earned them a seven-point win over Clare at Clonlara and these two sides must wait until the final round in two weeks to see if they can bag the final semi-final position.
The Tribeswomen raced into an early five-point lead but four points from Claire McMahon had them just one behind at half time as Orlaith McGrath’s seventh-minute goal gave Galway a 1-4 to 0-6 lead at the break.
Clare actually moved two points clear after a strong third quarter saw them lead 0-10 to 1-5, but goals from Niamh Kilkenny, substitute Brenda Hanney and Emma Kilkelly in the last 11 minutes confirmed the vital victory for the reigning All-Ireland champions.
Scorers — Galway: R Hennelly 0-5 (5f), E Kilkelly 1-1, O McGrath, N Kilkenny 1-0, B Hanney 1-0, D Burke 0-1.
Clare: C McMahon 0-8 (7f), K Laynch 0-3, D Murphy 0-1