How they lined out

Irish Examiner - Sport - - ALL-IRELAND MHC FINAL - Paul Keane

1. P Rab­bitte

IT MAT­TERED: Kilkenny rued their waste­ful play early on. With just over five min­utes on the clock they’d cre­ated eight scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, reg­is­ter­ing four points and four wides. They hit eight first-half wides in to­tal and should have led by more than one at the in­ter­val. Galway made them pay in the sec­ond-half.

CAN’T IG­NORE: Galway are the mod­ern mas­ters of the mi­nor grade. They’ve claimed nine ti­tles since 1999, four more than Kilkenny and five more than Tip­per­ary. For the record the other two were claimed by Cork and Water­ford.

GOOD DAY: Eamon O’shea is a Tip­per­ary man and man­aged his county se­nior team as re­cently as 2015 but no­body was prouder than he yes­ter­day. His son, Donal, was ter­rific at full-for­ward for Galway, shoot­ing 10 points. Eamon is a lec­turer at NUI Galway.

BAD DAY: Jef­frey Lynskey ar­gued that the cham­pi­onship struc­ture needs tweak­ing to ac­com­mo­date Galway in Le­in­ster. Their U-21s com­peted in Le­in­ster for the first time this year, win­ning it, though the mi­nors en­tered their com­pe­ti­tion at the quar­ter-fi­nal group stage. “I would still rather us be in Le­in­ster to be hon­est with you - I think we all need an equal amount of games,” said Lynskey. PHYSIO ROOM: A cou­ple of Galway play­ers re­quired treat­ment for in­juries dur­ing a high oc­tane en­counter but all were fit to play on.

SIDE­LINE SMARTS: Both sides set up in or­tho­dox fash­ion and stuck to the teams and po­si­tions printed in the pro­gramme, a rar­ity these days. Galway were quicker to make changes and ran in four of their five subs by the 45th minute with two of those, Colm Cum­ming­ham and Sean Mcdon­agh, hit­ting 0-3 be­tween them.

BEST ON SHOW: Galway had a num­ber of con­tenders for the in­di­vid­ual award. Diarmuid Kil­com­mins was ter­rific, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond when he scored two points and cre­ated two more. But Shane Jen­nings was Galway’s out­stand­ing per­former, lock­ing down a full-back line that held the Kilkenny full-for­ward trio score­less.

MAN IN THE MID­DLE: Johnny Mur­phy did his best to keep a full blooded en­counter un­der con­trol, is­su­ing five yel­low cards; two to Galway and three to Kilkenny. Galway ‘keeper Pa­trick Rab­bitte was for­tu­nate there’s no black card in hurl­ing after crudely pulling down Ge­orge Mur­phy as he hunted a goal early on.

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