the game at a glance
Man of the match
Joe Canning (Galway)
There were so many contenders in maroon in this game, but the choice is Canning, who scored 1-10 (1-3 from open play). His fourth-minute goal, which followed a catch and turn against Jackie Tyrrell, was hugely symbolic in setting the tone for the Galway blitz.
None. Galway were rampant from the off in this encounter, subjecting Kilkenny to a level of torture they haven't experienced for a very long time.
Galway 2-11 Kilkenny 0-1 after 30 minutes. It looked utterly impossible that Kilkenny would score just one point -- that from a free -- in a half hour of hurling. As for conceding 2-11 in the same period, that was new territory too.
Any wonder that footballers are frustrated by what they perceive as a different emphasis by referees? Referee James McGrath used his yellow card sparingly (four in all) in a game where the tackles flew in hard and often, occasionally quite high as well.
More a magic half-hour as a rampant Galway built up a 16-point lead in the opening 30 minutes of the game. Everything they touched turned to gold in a period where Kilkenny failed to impose themselves in any part of the field.
What they said
Anthony Cunningham (Galway
"We are delighted to be the first Galway team to win a Leinster final. It's great to have won it, but after this evening we'll be fully focused on the All-Ireland semi-final. We've had great days here in the past and not built on them. We need consistency -- that's the big challenge for us now."
Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):
"I always said Galway were capable of beating us and we were capable of beating them on different days. They obviously got on top of the game very, very early and they were by far the better team and that's the way it works -- the better team always wins on the day."
Wides: Galway 11 (4 first half); Kilkenny 7 (2)
Frees: Galway 12 (8 first half); Kilkenny 20 (8)
Yellow cards: Galway 3 (K Hynes 38, J Coen 54, D Collins 55); Kilkenny 1 (B Hogan 46)
Red cards: Galway 0; Kilkenny 0
Galway have qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals on August 12; Kilkenny play in the All-Ireland quarter-finals against qualifier winners on July 28.