It was a devastating end for The Cats as The Tribesmen nabbed the victory last weekend in the dying seconds of injury time in Pearse Stadium.
Brian Cody’s men held on right until the very end but Conor Cooney broke Kilkenny’s hearts when he struck over a point right on the 73rd minute.
After the game media attention seemed to focus on an awkward interaction between managers of both sides. Cody rubbished claims that it was frosty between himself and Henry Shefflin after the game.
“I have no idea if it was tense or not. Whenever we play a match as long as I am involved, it has got absolutely nothing to do with who is in charge of any team. It has got everything to with who is on the pitch, Kilkenny players were out there representing Kilkenny, and I am delighted with how they represented the county.”
Shefflin, the third Kilkenny man to manage against his native county, seemed to echo these sentiments and play down any talk
“I didn’t notice any tension. I shook hands. For me, I suppose there are a lot of different emotions. The handshake happened, I didn’t see anything in it.”
Listen to the full Brian Cody post-match on Scoreline Extra below :