Tuesday 26 September 2017

Galway relief as Tannian and Cooney passed fit for replay

It was doubtful that Iarla Tannian would be fit enough to play against Dublin, but he has now been given the all-clear by manager Anthony Cunningham
It was doubtful that Iarla Tannian would be fit enough to play against Dublin, but he has now been given the all-clear by manager Anthony Cunningham

Declan Rooney

Galway have been given a huge boost ahead of Saturday's Leinster SHC replay against Dublin in Tullamore, with Iarla Tannian and Joseph Cooney both declared fit.

Tannian had been regarded as a major doubt for the replay after the Ardrahan man shipped a heavy blow to the head in a collision with Ryan O'Dwyer last Sunday, when the Tribesmen needed a late Aidan Harte point to earn a draw.

However, Galway manager Anthony Cunningham gave his centre-back the all-clear yesterday.

Cooney, who scored a goal on Sunday, was withdrawn in the second half with a dead leg, but the Sarsfields powerhouse is deemed fit to feature at O'Connor Park, according to Cunningham.

"They are all okay and ready for action on Saturday," said the Galway manager.

The Tribesmen have been boosted further with the return to full fitness of David Burke, Daithi Burke and Niall Burke, all of whom spend time on the sidelines recently.

David Burke was fit enough to come on four minutes from time in the drawn match, while Daithi Burke returned to club football action last weekend.

Cunningham was also happy to see Joe Canning come through the Tribesmen's championship opener unscathed following a hand injury in the build-up to the game, which had left him unable to do any stickwork.

Meanwhile, Westmeath manager Michael Ryan is sweating over the fitness of key marksman Brendan Murtagh ahead of their Leinster Championship quarter-final against Wexford in Mullingar on Sunday.

Murtagh is struggling to overcome the knock he shipped during the Lake men's last Leinster qualifier match against Laois, but Ryan will give the Clonkill man every chance of making the cut.

Irish Independent

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