Galway camogie manager Cathal Murray says his team are "delighted" to reach the All-Ireland final after a superb display to upset champions Cork.
The three-in-a-row seeking Rebels were edged out by a single point at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick as Galway advance to a final date with Kilkenny.
The Tribeswomen hit the front in the 24th minute, a lead they would never relinquish as they showed steely resolve to hold off a spirited Cork challenge.
The underdogs led by the bare minimum at the interval and it was the same gap at the full-time whistle in what was an absorbing finale in Limerick.
Murray says the confidence has been building with National League honours and victory over Waterford in the quarter-finals.
"It's a super performance from the girls," Murray told RTÉ Sport. "After beating Waterford, we felt we didn’t get enough credit for that performance. We were outstanding in the second half.
Galway manager Cathal Murray says his players are 'firmly on the ground' as they prepare to meet Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. pic.twitter.com/14gR1X6DWv— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) August 17, 2019
"For the last two weeks, we have talked about bringing that momentum into this match."
Murray says while they were pleased to be a point to the good at the break considering they faced into the breeze, he says Cork's battling performance "showed why they are champions".
His counterpart Paudie Murray offered no excuses why his team bowed out at the penultimate stage of the competition.
"Galway wanted it more," he admitted. "They were sharper, more physical and fully deserved it. We have to dust ourselves down and get on with it.
"We have been in four All-Ireland finals in five years, so you would expect that from the team. Another couple of minutes and we might have had a chance, but we don’t have any complaints."
Standing in the way of Galway’s first All-Ireland title since 2013 is Kilkenny, the team the Tribeswomen defeated in the decider six years ago.
Murray is well aware recent history is against his troops.
"They [Kilkenny] are the form team of the championship. They beat us in the 2016 semi-final, they beat us in the 2017 in the group stages, twice last year and beat us in Athenry this year.
"We are up against it in the final but we are delighted to be there."