"Look, every time they got a goal it was another nail in our coffin. But it's a game where you just have to keep going."
Brian Cody and the Cats survived a big scare in Parnell Park.
"We were very confident coming in for this game. It was a great effort from the team, I couldn't fault anybody."
It was a case of so near and yet for Pat Gilroy and his team.
"With the forwards we have, they are well capable of creating goal chances. Today we were just lucky that the boys took them."
Micheal Donoghue was happy to see his Galway team put five goals past Offaly in Tullamore on Saturday.
"Kilkenny are going to be every bit as tough, if not tougher!"
It's not going to get an easier for Kevin Martin and his Offaly players.
"It's nice to get a win because it's a cut-throat competition and to have a win under our belt after losing last week is good for the lads as we prepare for the visit of Westmeath."
Fintan O'Connor guided Kerry to a 3-20 to 0-19 Joe McDonagh Cup victory over Laois.