After being without a doubt the number one team in the country all year, Galway were crowned All-Ireland champions after a three-point over Waterford.
After winning league and Leinster titles in 2017, the Tribesmen completed the clean sweep with an impressive display – scoring 0-26 in the process.
However, having lost finals in both 2012 and 2015, some people questioned the character in Galway hurling. They certainly answered those critics on Sunday.
Manager Micheál Donoghue said:
“They have been questioned and doubted so many times and even in this build-up to the game, there was references that they were chokers.
“These boys came out and showed huge resilience and we knew coming in today that we were in with a serious chance and we had a few set-backs in the first half but the character, the unity and everything that is built in this squad was shown in abundance today.”
It can be a long three weeks waiting for an All-Ireland final after a semi-final win, but Donoghue says that preparation for this final went smoothly – and it certainly showed as the men from the west shot into a 0-04 to no score lead.
“It’s an absolutely unbelievable feeling. I think the preparation from the semi-final to today couldn’t have gone any better for us
“I’ve said for the last number of weeks to the lads, their experience would be shining through and we said it for the last couple of months.”
Galway have been on the periphery on this title for a number of years and Donoghue was quick to point out that while he guided the team over the line, he was finishing the work that other that have had the post before him had started.
I’m in a privileged position here today being the manager so it would be remiss of me not to mention all the previous managers that have gone before me to develop and nurture these players.
It’s been a huge collective effort from the squad we have presently. We’ve been saying it for the last couple of months, since the Wexford game, these boys have taken huge ownership. They have done it over the last couple of months.
With this three-point, Galway bridged a 29-year gap in regaining the Liam MacCarthy Cup. With this display, and for their performances all season, nobody can say they didn’t deserve it.