Cathal Murray hailed his Galway players as "heroes" after they erased the heartbreak of losing last year's All-Ireland final to claim the O'Duffy Cup for the second time in three seasons with a dramatic win over Cork at Croke Park.

"It's hard to put it into words," the Tribes manager told RTÉ Sport. "I’m just so proud of the girls. Proud of the backroom team. Just thrilled.

"The girls have worked incredibly hard.

Last December, Kilkenny deserved all the credit. They brought a huge intensity and we didn’t match it.

"This year we needed to bring that intensity, work-rate and aggression and we did.

"An unbelievable game of camogie I thought, a brilliant advertisement.

"These girls are heroes. They always are and it’s great to see the youth up here supporting us."

Murray was particularly pleased with how Galway responded to Katriona Mackey's 49th-minute goal, which put Cork into the lead for the first time in the match.

Ailish O'Reilly landed two frees and Siobhán McGrath hit the net before her sister Orlaith hit a brace of injury-time points.

"We talked about things going against us and the proudest thing is when they got the goal – to go 1-11 to 0-11 up - our reaction to that was unbelievable," said Murray.

"We outscored them 1-04 to a point from there to the finish. Incredible leaders on the field.

"To get to three All-Irelands is unreal. But you need to win two of them and that's what we did."