Despite a poor showing in the first half, Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue felt his side had enough chances thereafter to take the league points on offer against Kilkenny.

In the end, the Cats ran out four-point winners in Sunday’s Division 1A encounter at Nowlan Park, holding firm the challenge of the strong-finishing westerners.

The final outcome leaves Galway with one win from their three outings so far in this year’s campaign, with Donoghue clearly disappointed that their placing in the top tier isn’t higher after their trip to the Marble City.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "From our own perspective it was a game of two halves. We were disappointed with our work rate in the opening period. "I'm not going to fault the attitude, but the game seemed to pass us by.

"We re-grouped at half-time and just worked harder. It was a strange game but and there was a four or five minute spell in the second half where I thought we were going to win it.

“Because Division 1 is so competitive you are always going to be under pressure" 

“We missed 20 scorable chances and you just can't do that. There were a lot of unforced errors and we gave away a lot of cheap scores. They are a quality team and if you give them a sniff they are going to take it. We have much to work on for next week against Tipperary.

When it was put to the O’Donoghue that perhaps his side are playing under the burden of increased pressure, he was quick to dismiss the notion.

“Because Division 1 is so competitive you are always going to be under pressure,” he added.

"The games are coming thick and fast. We have Tipp at home next and that's a huge game now. Overall, getting a level of consistency is the biggest challenge for us."

Donoghue’s counterpart Brian Cody was pleased to have got two points on the board, even though the manner of the victory left him somewhat underwhelmed.

Summing up his thoughts to RTÉ Sport, the Cats legend said: "We were decent in the first half and had a reasonable lead at half time. We had chances early in the second half to put the game to bed but didn’t take them. We didn't play well in that second half. All told, it wouldn’t have been the greatest performance."

That said, Kilkenny are on course to make the knockout stages, with Cody relishing the prospect of landing more silverware.

"We'd love to win the league. There is no doubt about that. It affords us championship-type matches where we can develop our panel for later in the year."