A late Walter Walsh goal made the scoreboard better for Kilkenny as they slipped to defeat against Galway, with manager Brian Cody admitting that his side were well and truly second best in Salthill.
The All-Ireland champions ran out 1-22 to 2-11 winners in the Leinster SHC round-robin encounter, with the vanquished only registering 1-02 from play in the 70-plus minutes.
"We were comprehensively beaten," was Cody's immediate assessment when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.
"Galway were dangerous every time they had the ball and were on top in a lot of areas. That said, the scoreboard was never too unkind to us until the last seven or eight minutes.
"When Walter scored that goal which was given as a free out, it would have brought it back to three points.
"We were hanging on in a game without playing particularly well.
Kilkenny boss Brian Cody speaks after his side's defeat to Galway in the Leinster SHC. pic.twitter.com/VTYg5lwB62— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) May 27, 2018
"Galway are a strong team, are now in a strong position and proved today why they are All-Ireland champions."
Next up for the Cats is a home date with Wexford in two weeks' time - a match that could decide who reaches the provincial final.
"That's where the focus is now, there is now point looking back on things that did not go well for us today," Cody added.
"It's now about what we'll do the next day."
His Galway counterpart Micheál Donoghue was delighted his side's application as they played their first Leinster championship match at Pearse Stadium.
"The board have been working really hard since we came into Leinster to try and get the home games and I think it was evident from the size of the crowd today what it means to the people of Galway," he revealed.
"In fairness to the lads they have built up a massive connection with the supporters over their last couple of years and especially last year. That trend has continued in the last two games.
"It's paramount to win your home games in the round-robin.
"The priority now is recovery and we look forward to Wexford next weekend.
"Our attitude and application was good against Kilkenny. Of course there are things you can take from each game to try and improve on."