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Beware scalded Cats

THEY'VE just been skinned by ten points and they remain odds-on favourites for the Liam MacCarthy Cup. It could only be Kilkenny.

Brian Cody's shell-shocked troops awoke today to the realisation that they are no longer Leinster SHC champions for the first time since 2004, the result of a stunning 2-21 to 2-11 ambush by a ravenous Galway at Croke Park yesterday.

But the bookmakers remain convinced there is a sting in the tail.

Boylesports were today quoting Kilkenny as 10/11 favourites to retain their All-Ireland crown via the quarter-final route, with Galway and Tipperary their nearest rivals at 3/1 followed by Cork at a distant 14/1.

Galway boss Anthony Cunningham echoed their sentiments.

"There's nothing worse than a wounded Cat and they, for sure, will be back," he warned.

"Whoever faces Kilkenny the next day are really going to be up against it because Kilkenny have so much experience and so much talent and they'll be really up for a fight."

The Noresiders will hope to have key injured duo, JJ Delaney and Michael Fennelly, available for their July 29 quarter-final as well as having Michael Rice fit to start instead of coming off the bench.

"Look, the All-Ireland championship is wide open. We're thankfully still there and we'll see where it goes," Cody said.

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