Cian still has some ways to go with his skills but he was the best forward of a bad bunch. Barrett and Mc Gowan were heroic. Barrett in particular is an extraordinary talent
Mc Bride had a great first half but faded and his shot selection was questionable at times. But he hurled reasonably well overall.
None of the seniors hurled great outside Barrett I thought. I don;t know if Bennett was injured but he didn't look fit? Outside himself and Cian you couldn't make a case for anybody else from midfield up as a future senior player unfortunately. Everyone tried as hard as they could but the technical skills aren't there from the rest. When a half back and a full back have to to bail you out to force extra time..........
Liam Blanchfield at 19 from Kilkenny is better then all of them.
We're no closer to winning anything at All-Ireland level then we were in 2010. Managers can only do so much but you can't legislate for a development system that produces only backs, midfielders and the odd forward.
Rumour has it though a former underage star will be defecting next year. Let's hope he does based on that.