Five things we learned from today's volcanic hurling semi-final
Five things we learned from today's game:
This Galway team is different. There is something about them, a sense that maybe the young colts are arriving at the same time. They never panicked and replied with a score each time Tipp netted.
On his day no one in Ireland can handle Seamie Callanan. It said much that the Galway management left it so late to switch John Hanbury onto him. It would have mattered little who manned him.
Anthony Cunningham told Brian Cody he'd see him again in the All Ireland final and he's been proven right. Had Galway over reacted last year Cunningham may have been let go and Galway hurling would be back to square one again.
Galway are stronger than they were last year - much stronger. Not only were they able to summon a young match winner from the bench but they also have key leaders in Dave Collins and Fergal Moore there. This could stand to them in the final against a Kilkenny side that used just one sub last Time out.
While it's the end of the road for Eamon O'Shea it could also spell the end for a number of players. The likes of Lar Corbett and Conor O'Mahony have given some service but there another three to four players who might not feature again in the Tipp shirt.