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'We'll live to fight another day' - Emotional Anthony Cunningham vows to return with Galway

Published 06/09/2015 | 18:19

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Galway manager Anthony Cunningham shake hands after the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Galway manager Anthony Cunningham shake hands after the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Galway were unable to end their All-Ireland hurling drought this afternoon against Kilkenny but manager Anthony Cunningham still thinks their day will come.

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Speaking to RTÉ after the game, Cunningham said the players in the county won't rest until they bring the Liam McCarthy cup back to Galway.

"They will stay going until they win an All-Ireland," Cunningham said.

"It is in them."

Cunningham's bullishness served his side well all year and despite the heartbreaking defeat, he remained defiant after the match as he indicated that he will remain in charge.

"We’ll live to fight another day," Cunningham said.

"I feel so sorry for the players and the supporters who have come from all over the world to support us."

After an excellent opening half, Galway went in at the break three points in front but only managed 1-4 in the second period, with the goal coming in the closing seconds. Cunningham praised Kilkenny's 'guile and experience' before admitting that his side's second half display cost them dearly. However, he did point to a few decisions that he felt went against his team.

"Unfortunately we came out second best in the second half," Cunningham said.

"No fault to any of our players. We gave it some rattle there and maybe a couple of decisions went against us in the second half.

"We had a couple of chances and maybe on another day they would have gone over. Cyril was running through early in the second half and he was pulled down and for some reason the free was called the other way," he continued.

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