Saturday 7 December 2019

Game at a glance - Kilkenny v Galway

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

MAN OF THE MATCH

Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny)

A mirror image of his older, more celebrated brother and now his sibling's nemesis as Tommy bids to reclaim his place on the team before the Championship. Two points from play and an outstanding overall contribution.

Turning Point

The half-time break. Galway had looked emboldened during the last 10 minutes of the first half, running at Kilkenny's half-backs with increasing confidence. But the break seemed to persuade them to slip into more defensive mode when facing the breeze, thus the ill-judged withdrawal of their half-backs.

Talking Point

Joe Canning was strictly peripheral throughout, and Anthony Cunningham clearly needs to make him fundamental to any Championship game plan.

MAGIC MOMENT

Henry Shefflin contributed 0-4 from play, the fourth of which was a sublime, arcing score from halfway almost under the Mackey Stand.

REF WATCH

Largely uneventful for James McGrath.

WHAT THEY SAID

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"We worked a bit harder in the second half, got a good start, a nice few points in a row and we got a goal. There was nothing in it at all times. The free at the end could have been a goal. It was a very tight game."

Anthony Cunningham (Galway manager):

"We are disappointed. It's a game we could have won and had enough chances. We did well in defence and midfield for most of the match and had a lot of good play up front as well, but we will have to be a bit sharper."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Kilkenny 11 (4);

Galway 13 (9).

Frees:

Kilkenny 10 (4);

Galway 10 (6).

Yellow cards:

Kilkenny 3 (M Kelly 33, C Fennelly 43, P Murphy 69);

Galway 3 (D Collins 38, A Smith 43, J Glynn 56).

Red cards:

Kilkenny 0; Galway 0.

WHAT's NEXT?

Kilkenny play Tipperary in the league final on Sunday week.

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