Saturday 10 December 2016

Flynn to keep free-taking duties ahead of Canning

Declan Rooney

Published 18/06/2015 | 02:30

Jason Flynn is likely to retain free-taking duties when Galway take on Laois in the Leinster semi-final on Saturday
Jason Flynn is likely to retain free-taking duties when Galway take on Laois in the Leinster semi-final on Saturday

Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham says he had no hesitation in relieving Joe Canning of his free-taking duties two weeks ago against Dublin because of the depth of talent his squad has in that department.

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Despite nursing a hand injury that contained 14 stitches, Canning took Galway's placed balls in the drawn game three weeks ago, but Jason Flynn took over for the replay and produced a faultless seven from seven return in a stellar team showing.

Flynn is likely to retain those duties when Galway take on Laois in the Leinster semi-final on Saturday in Tullamore - the Tommy Larkins man hit nine points in all in one of his best Galway performances to date.

Canning (26) also shone without the responsibility of free-taking, and hit 2-3 from play, but Cunningham admits having skilled shooters like Flynn and Conor Cooney in his side made the decision to relieve Canning all the easier.

"The frees was the management's decision. Joe was carrying an injury into the game, but we have many free takers," he explained.

"It's not the first time that we've move them around.

"Conor Cooney took frees the year before. Jason took the frees in previous games too, so we have no problem changing other lads on to them."

Irish Independent

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