Monday 20 January 2020

Canning and Whelan set for Tribe return

Joe Canning. Photo: Sportsfile
Joe Canning. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Joe Canning and Conor Whelan could make their seasonal bows for Galway in Sunday's Walsh Cup final according to manager Shane O'Neill.

O'Neill presided over a first competitive game and maiden victory as Galway manager at Parnell Park as the Tribesmen held off Dublin to win by a point and set up a clash with Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford in next Sunday's decider.

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Both Canning and Whelan were part of Galway's squad last Sunday, but neither made an appearance during the game.

Asked afterwards if the pair would be ready to go next weekend, O'Neill replied: "They should be, yeah."

Currently O'Neill is without 13 players through college and club action. Six of his winter training panel were in Fitzgibbon Cup action over the weekend while another six are scheduled to rejoin the squad over the coming week after St Thomas' All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Borris-Ileigh.

Daithí Burke, meanwhile, is part of the Corofin football squad.

On Sunday, O'Neill used Galway's first competitive match of the season to blood a number of youngsters, the pick of whom was 2018 All-Ireland minor winner Diarmuid Kilcommins, who scored two first-half points from wing-forward.

Éanna Murphy, Declan Cronin, Ronan Burke and TJ Brennan also made their first senior starts in a Galway jersey while Conor Walsh, Jack Coyne, Ronan O'Meara, Mark Horan and Jamie Holland were given chances from the bench.

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