Kilkenny goalkeeper, Eoin Murphy, realised a life’s ambition when he played in the championship on Sunday in Tullamore.
“I was delighted to get the start,” the Glenmore guardian enthused.
“It was a great atmosphere. There was a real buzz around. We were delighted to get the win.
“Conceding four goals wasn’t a great start, but the Offaly forwards were buzzing. Hopefully we can correct a few things in training and drive on.”
Eoin admitted he was nervous when he woke on Sunday morning. When he met the players and there was a bit of craic on the bus, he eased into the business of the day.
“This is what I always wanted to do,” the 23-year-old said. “When you are a young lad in Kilkenny all you want to do is play senior hurling with the county. I got that opportunity and I am thrilled.
“It was brilliant. Hopefully I can get another start in two weeks time against Wexford or Dublin. There is a lot of training to be done between now and then.
“We are over one hurdle. We will try and drive things on now. But I loved it.”