Sunday 20 October 2019

'I don't think there was any malice in it' - Jamie Barron defends big hit on Joe Canning

 

Joe Canning of Galway goes down injured against Waterford. Photo: Sportsfile
Joe Canning of Galway goes down injured against Waterford. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Waterford's Jamie Barron has defended the hit Kevin Moran delivered on Joe Canning which saw the Galway star stretchered off, insisting the challenge was "legitimate".

Tribesmen boss Micheál Donoghue hinted at his unhappiness at some of the tackles on Canning in Sunday's National League semi-final, insisting he was on the receiving end of a "few heavy hits".

However, Barron insists there was no "malice" in Moran's challenge.

"I think it was a very legitimate shoulder, I don't think there was any malice in it, you couldn't say there was any malice in it. I think it was nailed perfectly," he said yesterday.

"Joe was probably after throwing up the ball and he was maybe off balance a bit which might have made it look a bit worse than it was.

"Other than that, I think Kevin timed it perfectly and it was unfortunate Joe got injured off it."

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