Friday 20 October 2017

WATCH: 'He has that quality' - Galway manager Micheál Donoghue on Joe Canning's match-winning point

Joe Canning of Galway has an eye on goal as he prepares to shoot during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Galway and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Joe Canning of Galway has an eye on goal as he prepares to shoot during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Galway and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Galway manager Micheál Donoghue said that when you have a player of the quality of Joe Canning, you always have a chance of winning.

Canning's 73rd minute point booked Galway a place in next month's All-Ireland SHC final, with the Portumna forward notching a personal tally of 0-11 to lift the Tribesmen over 2016 All-Ireland champions Tipperary on Sunday.

Canning's sideline effort was ultimately the difference between the two sides and Donoghue said after the game that his level of talent always gives Galway a chance in tight games.

"Ah look he has that quality," Donoghue told RTE Sport.

"He's shown that right throughout his career and obviously when he gets the ball in that position, because of the talent that he has, there's always a chance that its going to go over, but it was some score to win the game."

Despite scoring 11 of Galway's 22 points, it wasn't a perfect game for Canning as he struggled at times through an indifferent first-half.

He scored 0-4 in the first period– but missed a routine free; gave away two frees; was booked and had limited involvement in Galway's attacking play.

Donoghue noted that Galway's forward line struggled to get going in the first-half but that Canning came up trumps when his side needed him the most.

"It's a fair comment," said Donoghue.

"In the second half I just think we were trying to move them to get into the game, but I think in a game of that magnitude, you're trying to get your big players on the ball as much as you can, and that's what we tried to do.

"We're just lucky and fortunate that he turned up in the right place at the right time."

Canning added that he was glad to see the ball sail over the bar, but praised his teammates in the forward line for their persistence in the second-half.

"Over the last three years it's been nip and tuck but it's good to come out on the right side of it this time," Canning told RTE after the game.

"It's just lucky it went over. I remember a couple of years ago against Waterford I had the same thing to draw the match and I missed it, so it's nice when it comes off on a day like today.

"They had an extra man with Dan McCormack sitting in the pocket a little bit in the first-half, but we didn't go through the lines I suppose, and the boys were doing fine inside, but it doesn't matter if the ball is going through our half-forward line or not, as long as the boys are doing the business inside.

"That's our scoring zone in the full forward line and Whelo [Conor Whelan], [Conor] Cooney and Niall Burke and Jayo [Jason Flynn] and Johnny Glynn, and all the boys did very well there today."

Galway will play the winner of next weekend's semi-final between Waterford and Cork in next month's All-Ireland final in Croke Park.

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