Player of the match Aoife Donohue was delighted with the way Galway stood up in what she described was a "battle" in overcoming Cork in the All-Ireland senior camogie final.
A late Siobhan McGrath goal five minutes from time made the difference for the Connacht side as they ran out 1-15 to 1-12 winners at Croke Park.
Summing up the match afterwards to RTÉ Sport, Donohue said Galway answered their critics.
"This team has got a lot of criticism for not performing on the big day, but by God did we show up today.
"I'm so happy for this group of players.
"It was a battle, it could have went either way. We're absolutely out on our feet, we expected nothing less from Cork. I'm delighted for the management and this group of players, especially after last year."
Galway's Siobhan McGrath scored 1-02 to win here first All-Ireland, having had a taste of success previously. pic.twitter.com/vGeUc1Y4ql— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) September 12, 2021
For goalscorer McGrath, it was a case of a dream come true as she followed in the footsteps of her sisters in winning a senior title.
"This is what you dream of growing up in Galway, it's my first All-Ireland to win and it's so, so sweet. I was on the line watching my sisters winning in 2013, doing the water. It's a dream come true.
"The crowd was unbelievable, it was so, so hard to hear. I never played in front of such a loud crowd, it was unreal."