Sarsfields manager Michael 'Hopper' McGrath was surprised that Gorey was chosen as the venue for their rescheduled AIB All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final against Slaughtneil, but added that the camogie association are at the mercy of the GAA when it comes to venues.

The game was scheduled to throw-in at 2pm in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday but was postponed due to poor weather conditions, rendering the pitch unplayable.

It was then rescheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Naomh Éanna GAA ground in Gorey, Co Wexford. Given the long distances that both semi-finalists then had to travel, particularly the trek involved for Slaughtneil, the choice of venue did raise eyebrows. The Derry champions had to stay overnight in Bray as part of their preparation.

And so the game went ahead in difficult conditions. It took extra-time to decide the outcome, with Sarsfields prevailing by the bare minimum - 2-04 to 0-09.

Speaking after his side's victory, former Galway star McGrath gave his reaction to the venue chosen.

"You hope the Camogie Association would have had a plan B in mind. They are, however, at the mercy of the GAA when it comes to venues and the sooner there's a merger the better for everyone.

"I don't know where Gorey came out of. Both teams were anxious to play the match. You'd imagine we could have got somewhat nearer to both teams.

"It was three hours for us and I'd say three and a half hours for Slaughtneil. It wasn't as if we were coming down to a pitch that was something special. That's no fault of the people here (in Gorey), it was just the night that was in it and the conditions we've had all week," he told RTÉ's Sunday Sport.

Indeed the Sarsfields boss would not have objected to no extra-time being played and added: "I'd say if the referee came to both managers we would not have disagreed. The game had to be finished today but at this stage of the competition we should go to a replay."

Michael McGrath

The All-Ireland final will side the Galway champs take on Wexford's Oulart-The Ballagh at Croke Park.

McGrath is hoping the trying conditions in Gorey will only harden their resolve as the club eye another All-Ireland success.

"Conditions were fierce. If right was right, the match shouldn't have been played at all, but with the two teams coming so far I suppose it had to be played. The pitch cut up out there, it was dog eat dog. You had two good camogie teams out there but neither could show their real camogie skills. It was just a battle."

"You'd be hoping it will prepare us for the final. Oulart-The Ballagh are one of the greatest club teams of all time. They are not just beating, they are annihilating teams. The hope we have is that we can compete with them."

Goals, as they say, win games. Sarsfields' green flags from Shannon Corcoran and Siobhán McGrath, the manager's daughter, came at crucial times.

Commenting on those scores, McGrath said: "When we got the first one it was the time we really need it; we weren't playing well and were against the breeze. They did get two points back to level it. When we got the second one from the penalty they came back again and there was only a point in it at the end. The goals did make a difference."