Galway and Kerry will meet in the Ladies Football Division 2 final after a late free from Edel Concannon earned the Tribesgirls a narrow one point win over Kildare at Banagher.
Roisin Leonard kicked Galway into a second minute lead and ten minutes had passed before the next score, an equaliser for Kildare.
However two goals from Aoibheann Daly and Edel Concannon and a point by Dierdre Brennan saw Galway take control again by the 15th minute.
Kildare soon settled though and in the 26th minute Gillian Behan hit the net from close range, before Maria Moolick fired Kildare’s second goal in as many minutes to leave Galway with a narrow 2-3 to 2-2 lead at the break.
Galway made one change at half time with Marion Hernon replacing Amy Rohan but it was Kildare that started the better by landing two points in the first two minutes. But Galway always looked the classier outfit and retook control with four points in a row to give them a three-point lead after by the 40th minute.
Kildare’s Stacy Cannon kept the Lilywhites in touch with a couple of good points, and after Roisin Leonard gave Galway some breathing space with a point ten minutes from time, two frees in reply from Aine Gately levelled matters again with eight minutes left on the clock.
Both sides had chances to win the game in the closing stages but it was Galway who took their opportunity. An attack by Galway resulted in a free and displaying admirable nerve, Tuam/Cortoon’s Edel Concannon kicked her second free to send Galway into the final against Kerry on May 11th.
Galway: J Connolly; A Rohan, R McPhilbin, N Ward; B Hannon, E Flaherty, S Burke; A Clarke, E Curley; G Conneally, D Brennan(0-1), A Daly(1-1); L Joyce(0-1), R Leonard(0-3), E Concannon(1-2, 2 f).
Subs: M Hernon for Rohan, L Hannon(0-1) for Joyce, G O’Connor for Conneally, C Heiher for Curley, M Brennan for D Brennan.