Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly conceded that the likes of Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh returning to the Kilkenny side was the crucial difference between the sides yesterday at Croke Park where Day watched his side been beaten by 4-17 to 1-15.
Both Walsh and Shefflin were instrumental in Kilkenny’s dominant display which saw them make a huge statement to the rest of the hurling world with a destructive and clinical performance.
Daly also admitted that his side also failed to settle in the opening exchanges of the first half which didn’t help their cause. Speaking in the aftermath of the game Daly said “Maybe the occasion got to us a little bit. We won’t know until we sit down and look at the video.’
‘Their big guns were back to their best. I was just in the Kilkenny dressing room there. Tommy Walsh and Henry Shefflin are some throw-ins!’ joked Daly.
He added: ‘Without them in the League final they looked a little bit vulnerable. But when they are there, especially Henry, they looked good.’
Shefflin, who misses the league encounter between the two sides earlier in the season, had a fine game yesterday scoring 1-9 and showing how crucial he is to the Kilkenny side while Walsh also had a solid game at the back for Kilkenny, restricting the Dublin forwards goal threat.