In the end, Wexford offered little resistance as they relinquished their Leinster SHC title, with manager Davy Fitzgerald lamenting the fight they showed in the provincial semi-final at Croke Park.

A 13-point margin was what separated the sides at GAA HQ, though 20 minutes in it was level, before a Brian Concannon goal gave the Tribesemen the platform to push on. And while Galway's lead was only six at the break, Wexford could not stir themselves sufficiently to wrestle back the game in the second period. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the final whistle, the Wexford boss could not hide his frustration when saying: "We were absolutely terrible. All I can say to the Wexford supporters is that I am extremely disappointed for the way we performed.

"We showed no guts, no fight and no character. It's extremely disappointing.

"Fair play to Galway, they were miles ahead of us and they wanted it more than we did. In the three and a bit years I've been here we've never thrown in the towel that easily. It's really disappointing, myself and the boys will have to hold our hands up, we were not at it."

Asked to put his finger on why things didn't work out, the Clare native, quite simply, had no answer.

"We tried four different formations and two different styles of play - so many different things - but it didn't matter. We just weren't at the pitch. 

"The bottom line in hurling is that if you want to win the game, you have to win the 50-50 ball and the hard battles. We didn't do that. They blew us out of it, it's not down to anybody else, it's down to ourselves. For whatever reason, we were flat.

"We had a few goal chances but we didn't capitalise on them. In the second half, Galway were cruising and were doing what they wanted to do. I'm disappointed with the amount of fight we had. That's not good enough."

Fitzgerald's opposite number Shane O'Neill was understandbly happy with what he saw, hailing the performance and workrate as "absolutely superb" when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.

"That was something we targeted. We wanted to put in a performance, work extremely hard and see how it goes."

And while content with his lot on this evening, O'Neill is quickly turning his attention to a date with Kilkenny in the provincial final. "All our concentration is now on that game."