Niamh Kilkenny piled praised one the Galway management team after winning the county's third All-Ireland title on Sunday.

The Tribeswomen showed their intent from the off, with Ailish O'Reilly rattling the Kilkenny net inside 90 seconds of the start. They had to withstand a Cats revival, hitting two more goals inside the opening half.

They were never behind after the break, before going on to win by six points.

"The management have instilled massive belief in us since the start of the year," she told RTÉ Sport's Evanne Ní Chuilinn after the game.

"I'm just delighted that we came out on top today for them, more than anyone else."

Kilkenny led by two with eight minutes left in the first half, but the real turning of the game came with two quickfire goals for Galway in that period.

First, Niamh Hanniffy finished a scramble to the net, before O'Reilly hit her second, when she found space in front of the Hill 16 goal.

"We knew that if got enough ball in to the girls inside that they would cause damage, and thank God it all paid off today.

"It was such a tough game, but the girls gave it everything out there. We're just so delighted to be walking up the steps of the Hogan Stand."