All-Ireland within our grasp believes Anthony Cunningham
ANTHONY Cunningham arrived to the room where press conferences are conducted in Croke Park looking like a man who had seen too much.
The assured positivity on which his team had clearly thrived, was replaced by a distraught figure.
"Huge disappointment and no fault to anybody really," he said, offering insight and mitigation simultaneously.
"We have to be hugely proud of Galway and this team and the effort we got all year and today. And that is why it is so hard."
It was hard, too, because his team were better than the three points they lead by at half-time suggested.
They digested Kilkenny's goal. They caught their own puckouts. They looked busy and inventive in attack.
Then, after half-time, they were crushed.
"It is within our grasp to win an All-Ireland. We are within inches of it. But it is how we react from it.
"We have been here before and it took us a couple of years more than we wanted to get back here. But all in all we have to keep working.
"We got huge experience again at the top end of the championship. A day like today is when you only get to witness that. That is what we will strive to get back to. I have no doubt that these players ... they will work hard and they will get there. We are just hoping it will be sooner rather than later."