There might even have been some scepticism regarding the appointment of Liam Cahill as team boss despite his great success at minor and U21 level with his own county. But since day one of the national league when they overcame Cork in Walsh Park by a point in the league, the trajectory has been on an upward direction and Cahill’s management and those that he brought in alongside him was bought into.
Clare were far too dependent on Tony Kelly but they did stand tall against Wexford. It was Brian Lohan’s first term in charge and he had to do without key players.
Galway fell short too when it mattered, losing the Leinster final to the Cats in a game that they seemed to be in control of and then failing to Limerick.