IT was honours even in Gort in this Littlewood's Division 1 league clash, as a last-gasp Orla Cotter ’45 saw Cork fashion out a draw.
It wasn’t enough to see them top the group though, as Galway occupy first spot in Group 2.
The draw sees Galway set up a semi-final meeting with Limerick, whilst second placed Cork must face four-in-a-row chasing Kilkenny.
The Cats hit an injury-time pointed free from Michelle Quilty to earn a narrow victory over Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds to grab the top spot in Group 1.
Galway hit Cork with two early goals inside four minutes of the throw-in. Carrie Dolan had the ball in the net after just 15 seconds and a second from Noreen Coen on four minutes.
The home side had the momentum and from here on in Cork were chasing them.
Cork settled and got back into the game however with four points in a row — Ciara Mc McCarthy, Cliona Healy and Orla Cotter all keeping the pressure on the Galway defence. Carrie Dolan slotted over one for Galway in between.
Noreen Coen and Niamh Hanniffy gave the home side a 2-5 to 0-6 interval advantage as Cork finished the half with an Orla Cotter pointed free to trail by five.
Cork applied huge second-half pressure and slowly they ate into the Galway lead with Cotter again leading the way.
Chloe Sigerson drew the sides level with a pointed free with two minutes remaining, but Galway responded with Carrie Dolan slotting over from a free that looked as if it would be enough for Galway.
However, a converted 45 from the ice-cool Cotter, which was actually waved wide by one umpire who was overruled by referee Ray Kelly, saw Cork take a share of the spoils but it wasn’t enough to see them go top of the group.
Cork and Kilkenny should be interesting in the semi-final, their first meeting since last year’s All-Ireland final.
Scorers for Galway: C Dolan 1-3 (0-3 f), N Coen 1-2, N Hannify, N Kilkenny 0-1 each.
CORK: O Cotter 0-5 f, C Sigerson 0-2 f, C McCarthy 0-2, C Healy, L Collins, O Cronin, A Thompson 0-1 each.
GALWAY: S Healy; C Donoghue, S Dervan, H Cooney; S Healy, E Helebert, L Ryan; AM Starr, A Donoghue; N Hannify, N Kilkenny, N McGrath; C Dolan, A O’Reilly, N Coen.
Subs: D Higgins for C Donoghue, S Spellman for N McGrath.
CORK: A Lee; L Treacy, P Mackey, L Hayes; L Coppinger, G O’Connor, C Sigerson; C McCarthy, A Thompson; O Cotter, O Cronin, H Looney; C Healy, A O Connor, L Collins.
Subs: J White for C McCarthy, N O’Callaghan for L Coppinger.
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare).