Micheál Donoghue's ruthlessness was on display in his decision to drop Conor Cooney for Sunday's Leinster SHC final replay, according to Anthony Daly. 

Following their 0-18 apiece draw with Kilkenny in Croke Park in the 1st July decider, the Galway manager opted to drop Cooney, one of Galway's most impressive and free-scoring forwards in their run to the All-Ireland title last year.

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Donoghue started Jonathan Glynn in his place and the Ardrahan hurler snaffled 1-01 early on, creating scores for others, and causing mayhem in the Kilkenny full-back line. 

Speaking to the RTÉ GAA podcast, Daly noted that the Fr Trendy moniker - fastened on Donoghue by Ger Loughnane after Galway's 2016 Leinster final loss - is looking very ill-suited at present and suggested that his actions as manager bear greater resemblance to Brian Cody. 

"Fr Trendy is quickly becoming another Brian Cody, I'm afraid," Daly said. 

"I thought Johnny Glynn would start. I thought Padraig Walsh's domination in the air last week had to be cut out. I would have done a bit (of coaching) with Ardrahan over the years and I don't think I've ever seen such a mountain of a guy in the air.   

Johnny Glynn tussles for the ball with Padraig Walsh

"But I have to say the lads beside me from Galway nearly gasped when (they found) it was Conor Cooney that was left off. 

"Now, when you'd looked at last week's game, you'd say who else? Joseph (Cooney) had a quiet enough game so maybe it could have been him. But he does a lot of work for puckouts. 

"It was a huge call. But what a call."

After finally reclaiming the All-Ireland title last September after a gap of 29 years, Galway are now strong favourites to retain the title this year. 

While Daly and fellow analyst Tom Dempsey are blown away by the depth of talent in Galway's forward division, noting that even Jason Flynn can't get in the starting XV and comparing them to the Dublin footballers, both harbour small doubts about the extent of their back-up in defence. 

"The worry for me, from their point of view, would be defensively," said Daly. 

"The spine is very strong, and you've Padraig Mannion there, Hanbury was outstanding again today, Touhy is a great corner back. Aidan Harte is a converted midfielder/half forward and he has been superb at 7 to be fair. 

"Paul Killeen is the back-up guy there but is there much depth back there? If they lost a McInerney or Daithí Burke...

"I'd be just worried slightly for them that if they lost a key defender, is the back-up there? And could it be exploited by a Cork or someone down the road?"