Dillon and Burke were beating their men consistently - Donal Burke was out in front of Daithi Burke (likely All Star full back) and won clean ball off him a good few times, even used it well.
So we should have been driving low ball in around the 21. That is how the team was set up FFS once they had O'Dwyer coming out to the MF/HF line to improve the ball winning out there.
So what do we do - horse long high ball into the FF line and isolate Conroy on the puckouts instead of having ROD under Conroy breaking ball and ROD doing what he does best foraging for the ball
We were always going to lose but at least give ourselves the best chance of getting something out of it.
Not to mention Rushe and Canning - they were showing graphics before the match of Canning pulling into MF in the league final and destroying Tipp from that area by getting acres of space away from Ronan Maher who was holding the CB position. It wasn't exactly a secret
So we have Rushe hold the middle and make no allowances for Canning drifting. Galway actually did us a favour in the end putting Joe on the wing, even though he ran amok out there.