Tuesday 21 November 2017

Canning's cool head for final

ONLY ONE WINNER: Grainne Seoige proudly wearing her colours before today’s All-Ireland final. Photo: Gerry Mooney
ONLY ONE WINNER: Grainne Seoige proudly wearing her colours before today’s All-Ireland final. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Galway legend Ollie Canning has dismissed suggestions the weight of expectation is on his brother Joe's shoulders going into today's All-Ireland final against Waterford.

Canning's wonder point secured a last-gasp win for Galway over Tipperary in the semi-final - but Ollie believes that the pressure will not get the better of the 28-year-old.

The young player is favourite for this year's hurler of the year award.

"I don't think there's any weight of expectation on any particular player," he told the Sunday Independent.

"It's going to be 15 against 15 - and whatever team plays the best, will walk away with the Liam McCarthy.

"It's going to be a fascinating tactical battle.

"Galway are coming up against a team that will play the sweeper system, and who have perfected the sweeper system.

"Galway will probably ask some difficult questions of the Waterford defence based on their size and physicality.

"We've seen Waterford shoot the lights out this year as regards goals - they've got 11 goals in the four games - and that is something that Galway will have to stop in order to win the game," said Canning.

"It's going to be very, very close. Galway are slight favourites, but it's very open and whatever team minimises their mistakes will be the team that has the best chance."

Sunday Independent

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