Now that the dust has settled, we can take a look back with a clearer view at what exactly happened at the end of Kilkenny vs Galway in the Leinster Hurling Championship final.
Galway's defence was lambasted after their inability to clear their lines, and they failed numerous times in a few seconds to hit or kick the ball down the pitch.
The last Galway player to touch the ball, before it fell to goalscorer Cillian Buckley, was Padraic Mannion, whose kick sent the sliotar straight into the hands of the opposing player.
However, Mannion, who was without his hurl at the time, has defended his decision to kick the ball, and in fact pointed out that it was the quality of his strike that was his undoing.
Straight away after it I was thinking I had made a terrible error that I kicked it but then, looking back, I probably wouldn’t change a whole lot about it either. It is just one of those things that happens.
Kilkenny's Epic Finish Against Galway
Cillian Buckley will never have to buy a pint again in his life!
What a way to win a Leinster final 🤯pic.twitter.com/lNUsNuRR7U
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