After a 2013 that fell way below expectations for Galway’s hurlers manager Anthony Cunningham felt that the win over Dublin in the first round of the 2014 Allianz League is a first step on the road to redemption.
Cunningham watched on as his side got some revenge for last year’s Leinster final defeat with a 0-28 to 1-12 victory in Salthill and stressed the importance of winning home matches.
He told RTÉ Sport: “We only have two home matches this year in what is a very competitive league. There are tough games ahead [against] Waterford, Clare and Kilkenny. We’re delighted with the start we made today.
"We’ve worked hard in the last couple of months. There’s a good bit of hurt from last year so it was very refreshing to see nice hurling played.
Small things went for us in terms of getting the scores. At times Dublin were in hard luck with their efforts. That’s often the way it goes in league matches at this time of the year.
Cunningham’s Dublin counterpart Anthony Daly was somewhat perplexed with the manner of his side’s defeat.
Also speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: “We seemed to be half-baked for some reason. There was no sign of that last Tuesday or Thursday. We were happy with the training and we didn’t over-do it. We thought we did over-do it in the run-up to the Walsh Cup final.
“The puck-out stats at half-time was 14-1 to Galway on our half-forward line so you’ll get no launch pad there. The ball kept coming back down to Gary [Maguire] as soon as he pucked it out. Galway were completely on top.
"They look like they have a half-back line that could be unbeatable. Iarlaith Tannion, David Collins and Aidan Harte were very impressive. As a team they have obviously recovered from last year and look like they are back to their best.”