Thursday 23 March 2017

'No issue with Canning' says McIntyre

John McIntyre is adamant that there is "no issue" over his decision to retain Ger Farragher as Galway's chief free-taker against Dublin last Sunday, despite Joe Canning's return, WRITES COLM KEYS.

Farragher was almost flawless as he contributed nine points -- seven frees and two '65s -- to steer Galway to a second league final in three years.

Canning, though, was less conspicuous than usual and found it hard to get into the game when he operated at wing-forward for much of the first half. The absence of free-taking responsibility could also have contributed to his input.

"It is just Ger Farragher didn't miss a free against Kilkenny last week. He is the man in possession," said McIntyre. "I explained our thinking on it to both Joe and Ger before the game and they were sound about it. I don't think it is an issue, frankly."

Meanwhile Ollie Canning believes that Galway should try to lay down a marker in their last league game against Cork in two weeks' time, ahead of their league final a fortnight later.

Cork and Galway are now scheduled to meet twice in two weeks after results dictated that they would meet in the league decider with a full round of games still remaining.

Canning feels the first game in Pearse Stadium won't be meaningless and that neither side will want to concede ground.

"The management can sit down and look at it and they might have some ideas. As far as the players are concerned we will be just looking forward to the game and trying our best the next day," he said.

Galway have put together back-to-back wins against Kilkenny and Dublin to erase the disappointment of defeat to Tipperary.

And 'winning playing badly' is something that has encouraged their most experienced player.

"The lads were after coming off a great win against Kilkenny last week. Sometimes you are on a bit of a high and that's the time you can be caught.

"Sometimes when you come off a loss it is easier to motivate yourself for the next game. Maybe we were a bit flat at the start. We came through in the end. It was a tough battle and one that will stand to us."

Irish Independent

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