Galway senior hurling manager Shane O'Neill believes his side 'left an awful lot behind them’ in terms of missed chances in their Leinster Senior Hurling final defeat to Kilkenny.
The Tribesmen were in control for long parts of the game and at one stage in the second-half held a five point lead.
However two Kilkenny goals in just over a minute from Richie Hogan and TJ Reid wiped out that advantage an although Galway came back to lead again after that setback, they were eventually edged out 2-20 to 0-24.
While those two quickfire goals proved to be the turning point of the game, O’Neill feels that it was a lack of a killer instinct in front of the posts that ultimately cost his side.
Speaking on the Saturday Game, he said: "It was good performance but we left an awful lot behind us, I think it was 16 to 6 in missed chances so we’re just going to have to work on that over the next week."
O’Neill’s attention will now turn to the qualifiers next week but he still believes that there’s positives to take from their performance against the Cats.
"I thought we were playing really well when we were five points up, 0-20 to 0-15, then they got the two quick goals but I thought our recovery was really good after that.
"It was a great reaction; we went another two points up but Kilkenny kept coming at us.
"We were unlucky with a few balls off the post but frustration’s not a term I’d use, but it’s disappointing we didn’t win.
"It was good performance but we left an awful lot behind us, I think it was 16 to 6 in missed chances so we’re just going to have to work on that over the next week.
"Obviously when a team gets two goals, they’ve got serious momentum but I think it all happened in a minute and then in fairness to the boys they came back and they actually went two points ahead.
"After that it was tit-for-tat and we were just unfortunate with a few of our attempts at goal."
Just when the game looked to be getting away from them, Richie Hogan drags Kilkenny back into with a wonderfully taken goal. Kilkenny 1-15 Galway 0-20. Watch highlights on The Sunday Game at 9.30pm on @rte2 #rtegaa #thesundaygame pic.twitter.com/c6yPTyoICx— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) November 14, 2020
Meanwhile for Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, victory represented his 16th Leinster title and his first in four years.
While Cody was eager to savour the triumph, he admitted that his thoughts are already moving towards the next game - an All-Ireland semi-final.
"It means a huge amount, first and foremost it's a Leinster final and that goes above so many things because it's a couple of years since we have won a Leinster final.
"It’s huge for the people and huge for ourselves tonight and of course if gets us into an All-Ireland semi-final in two weeks' time which is a wonderful place to be.
"We’re absolutely thrilled leaving here this evening but we’re absolutely hugely aware that there’s a huge prize out there and we’ll see the quarter-finals next weekend and see where they go and play our semi-final.
"At the end of the day if we’re not leaving her in two weeks time as winners, the enjoyment of tonight will disappear very quickly."