Henry Shefflin: You just have to hold your hands up and say Kilkenny are the best
Kilkenny celebrated their first All-Ireland title without Henry Shefflin since 1993 this afternoon but The King was as happy in The Sunday Game studio as if he was out on the pitch.
The legendary forward, who captured ten All-Ireland winners medals during his career, was in the strange position of critiquing proceedings rather than taking part in them but he was quick to praise his former team-mates after they reached the summit following their 1-22 to 1-18 win over Galway.
“A lot of the public might say ‘oh it’s Kilkenny again’ but they have been the best team,” Shefflin said on RTÉ.
“Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say they are the best team.”
Shefflin particularly mentioned the challenges that face Kilkenny in that every team is always gunning to beat Brian Cody’s men.
“A lot of people are fighting to take that crown off them.”
Anthony Daly thought that Galway were too reliant on a few key players.
“The spread of scorers, Kilkenny had nine scorers and Galway just had three or four,” Daly said.
“That was the difference.”
Galway lead Kilkenny by three points at half time but only managed 1-4 in the second half while Kilkenny hit 14 points. Daly marvelled at whatever Brian Cody said to shake things up during the interval.
“Sometimes I don’t know what happens in dressing rooms at half time,” Daly said.
“They are the best team and have been for a long, long while,” he continued.
Cyril Farrell, who managed Galway when they last won the All-Ireland in 1988, also lamented Galway’s insipid second half effort.
“We said at half time that Galway needed to drive on but the first 20 minutes of the second half were all Kilkenny,” Farrell said.