FT: Galway 0-21 Kilkenny 0-14
It truly was a fiery start for Kilkenny as they racked up four points in a row to put some distance between themselves and their opponents in the game’s earliest stages.
And while it might have looked as though they could continue their ascent towards domination, Galway swung the momentum instantaneously scoring six of their own without response.
It was tight then for the next while with both sides trading points and while Kilkenny came into the game as underdogs, they managed to lead the match by one point at the half-time break with the scores standing at 0-10 to 0-09.
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Kilkenny will be kicking themselves are firing wide on several occasions but as each team went into the dressing room, you could feel the tension all around Croke Park.
It was in the second-half, though, that the real differences became apparent.
Things didn’t slow down in the slightest as the second-stanza began, with the advantage teetering like a see-saw until the teams were level at 0-12 apiece five minutes in.
From there on out Galway started to turn it up, with fantastic scores from Evan Duggan and Sean McDonagh helping them on their way to opening a five-point gap between themselves and The Cats.
As the game arrived at the 60-minute mark the scores stood at 0-20 to 0-14 and with just four additional minutes to claw it back, Kilkenny were unable to bridge the gap and the classy Galway won it out on the day by a margin of seven points.
The win stands as their third All-Ireland victory in four years and on the merits of today’s performance, they can rest assured that they’ll give their senior counterparts a boost heading into today’s senior final.