Five things we learned from Kilkenny's Leinster final win

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Ger Aylward (left) showed he wasn't a flash in the pan
Ger Aylward (left) showed he wasn't a flash in the pan

The Cats are the cream of Leinster hurling again, and here is what the result showed us

1.  Kilkenny's appetite for silverware remains undiminished. This latest win was Brian Cody's 14th Leinster championship success since he took charge in 1999.

2. Any team with ambitions of dethroning the Cats will have to devise a strategy to deal with their most influential player Richie Hogan. It was surprising that Galway didn't man mark him. 

Apart from being Kilkenny's joint top point scorer from play (0-4) he ran the game, effectively operating like a quarter back particularly in the second half when he dropped deeper into his own half.

3. Kilkenny's Ger Aylward was not a flash in the pan. Ok he didn't reach the heights he scaled on his debut against Wexford when he notched up a remarkable 3-5 from play. But he put in a solid shift hitting three points from play. In contrast Galway's Cathal Mannion - who scored three goals in the quarter final replay against Dublin - got little change out of Paul Murphy and was substituted ten minutes from the end.

4. Galway still have skin in the game as regards the race for the All-Ireland. Sure, they lost by seven points but arguably the majority of the rest of the teams left in the race for the Liam McCarthy Cup are not as good as Kilkenny so the Tribesmen still have plenty to play for.

Joe Canning after THAT goal

5.  It will take a really special goal in the 2015 championship to deprive Joe Canning of the honour of scoring the goal of the season. His effort three minutes from the break with extra special even by Joe's exulted standards.