His Galway team had edged out Tipperary to make the decider, but they also leaked a hat-trick to Seamus Callanan.
“It was tit for tat there,” said his namesake in the Galway goal.
“They got three goals and we’ll have to look at that. I got myself in the way of a few more shots but ultimately it was really hard going out there. The guys out the field deserve tremendous credit.
“The guys I have in front of me there; you couldn’t wish for better and every time the line is breached you are just hoping to get in the way of an odd one.”
He did more than that when Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher bore down on him in the second half, making three crucial stops in a row.
“I don’t think I have much of a recall to be honest, things just happened really quickly.
“I remember him bearing down and a break went his way when he was bearing down. I’m not sure where the first one hit me and after that you are just scrambling around trying to get in front of a shot here and there.
“Look, it stayed out in that instance I suppose but you just take them as they come.
“The first half was really a half of two halves. I thought we started poorly, got ourselves back into it and I thought we finished that half pretty strong.
“In the second half then it just seemed to be up and down the field, a cheer at one end and a cheer at the other end.
“Thankfully Shane Moloney came up with the goods there at the very end.”
Callanan acknowledged his side’s resilience, though he agreed there was “always room for improvement”.
He said: “You are going to need that, you are going to need to be able to call on that at this level, especially in games of that magnitude. The fact that its there is good, but I suppose it can always be built on too.”
It’s a change for Callanan compared to 2012, when he was called in as back-up to an injured James Skehill for the All-Ireland final replay. This time he’ll start against the Cats, having faced them already in the Leinster championship.
“We had a good tussle with them already and came out the wrong side of it by seven or eight points.
“Again, we are going to have to look at that and they are not going to be complacent or anything like that. We just have to improve, its as simple as that.”
Callanan didn’t hear his manager’s famous promise to see Kilkenny boss Brian Cody in the All-Ireland final: “We are there now anyway. That’s all we can do, we can deal with it the best we can and prepare the best we can and look forward to it.”