Hurling

Michael Donoghue: “We knew and expected nothing less from Kilkenny” as Galway crowned Leinster champions

The Galway boss isn't writing off Kilkenny's All-Ireland challenge just yet.

Micheal Donoghue says Kilkenny will still have a major say in the destination Liam MacCarthy for 2018.

The Galway senior hurling manager was speaking to KCLR in the wake of Sunday’s seven point victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final.

Speaking after the game, Donoghue says that Kilkenny were always going to come back at them even though they were 12 points down.

“Anyone that thinks a hurling game at this level that you are going to dominate for 70 minutes knows nothing about it”, says Donoghue.

“We knew and expected nothing less from Kilkenny – that they were going to come back. They have proven it all season of the calibre of team that they have and they are still going to have a massive say in this Championship.”

“But every day I keep saying the same thing. We get the work-on from and the learnings from this game now, and the biggest advantage now we have the couple of weeks to regroup and refocus and go again.”

While Galway get a few weeks to rest their bones, Kilkenny will be straight back into action with full details of their quarter final clash