Cork manager Paudie Murray rued his side's retreat in defence of their lead as Galway fought back in the last five minutes to deny them All-Ireland senior camogie glory.

Having trailed narrowly to the Tribeswomen for long stretches they suddenly found themselves level and then in front in the final quarter when Katrina Mackey scored a goal.

But Cork were unable to push on and instead Galway found a goal of their own through Siobhan McGrath with five minutes to go on route to victory by three points.

"I think we probably retreated a small bit," Murray said in the post-match press conference, adding that "at this level you don't just sit back and try to defend a three-point lead with 10 minutes to go.

"In doing that then, we lost a lot of breaks around our own half-forward line. So I'm disappointed with that. We could have managed it better.

"Look, it was nip and tuck so small things decide games and that's probably one area where we probably fell down on."

Praising Galway managerial namesake Cathal Murray and his management team, he added that he had long held the view that they "are the best team" currently in senior camogie.

"They're going to be around. Physically, they're much more advanced than us," he said.

"We're a young team so it's an area that we probably need to brush up on but at 21, 22 years of age, it's going to take them another couple of years to develop."

Cork's build-up to the game was dominated by whether forward Orla Cronin would get a reprieve for the red card incurred in the semi-final win over Kilkenny - one she ultimately received at the 11th hour.

Murray did not want to dwell on that late decision by the Disputes Resolution Authority, saying that it did not impact the team's preparation and that they had expected a reprieve to come.

"Okay, Orla didn't train with us but other than that it was totally outside our doing," he said, adding that he was "in bed before the decision was made".

"I knew where this was going no matter what and I think Orla knew that as well and she was quite relaxed about it that these hearings are a waste of time. But again I would be grasping at straws if I went down that road."

However, on the disciplinary process, he added that he had misgivings: "I just don't think you have qualified enough people in these meetings to handle it correctly but that's for another day."