Friday 22 September 2017

A cameo, yes - but Henry the Great achieved a perfect 10 in those final minutes

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin celebrate after the game
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin celebrate after the game
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

They tried for so long not to let this summer's narrative become the fairytale of 'Henry and his Magic 10'. But, like many who have faced him at the dizzying height of his powers, even Kilkenny surrendered to its potency in the end.

In the 51st minute, with just a single point separating the sides, John Power's piledriver was heroically stopped by James Barry's face guard and TJ Reid quickly followed with a wide.

A minute later, Brian Cody momentarily swivelled his shoulders towards the stand and, with a subtle nod, gave the call. Number 22 was out of the gate like a greyhound after a white fluffy tail.

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