For the second year in-a-row, Michael Ryan and Tipperary finished up on the wrong end of the scoreline in the Allianz HL final.
Today's game took a decisive turn after a Walter Walsh goal 30 seconds after the restart wiped out the Premier County's two point interval advantage.
"Before I got to my position on the sideline there was something like four points of a swing," Ryan pointed out to RTÉ Sport.
"But that's Kilkenny at their very best - they hit you and they hit you hard. We paid a fine price in the second half for being slow to get to the ball.
"Credit goes to Kilkenny. It's about what they brought rather than what we brought here today.
"The opportunities were there, they were there for both sides. But Kilkenny made much more use of theirs.
"We never play a match where we want to lose. That was a national final and we've come up short. It's very disappointing."