Tuesday 24 April 2018

'There is more important things in life than sport' - Joe Canning hits back at Galway critics

Joe Canning of Galway is congratulated by supporters following his side's victory over Clare
Joe Canning of Galway is congratulated by supporters following his side's victory over Clare
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

They have been kicked from pillar to post and labelled as "gutless" but today was Galway's day as they booked a place in the All Ireland semi-final with a fine six-point win over Clare.

The Tribesmen produced the perfect response to their knockers with a clinical display against the Banner and after the game Joe Canning, who registered a very impressive 1-8, took the time to show his appreciation and respect for Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald while also sending a message to Galway's critics.

Fitzgerald underwent minor heart surgery on Wednesday and admitted after the match that the "most important thing in life is life".

Canning echoed those sentiments and despite his side booking a place in the last four of the All Ireland, his thoughts were with Fitzgerald.

"There is more important things in life than sport. We are amateur players at the end of the day and our health is our wealth and it is great to see Davy there on the line today and that''s what it's all about.

"We only play this as a hobby at the end of the day, that's all it is. I went through in myself with my mother last year and my dad at the moment so as long as people are healthy on the sidelines, it is great to see Davy and we wish him the best in his recovery as well," Canning told RTE's Marty Morrisey.

The Portumna man added that the Tribesmen have been performing at the highest level consistently over the past two seasons and seemed at a loss to explain why the knives were out for Míchéal Donoghue's men.

"I think we did it (performed well) last year as well like. We got to an All Ireland final last year. We lost a Leinster final to the best team that has probably ever played the game and..(scoffs) I dunno, it's a bit funny really. We are competitive. We made eight mistakes in the Leinster final against Kilkenny and they punish you.

"We live to fight another day and we have a tough one now against Tipperary in the semi-final."

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