Joe Canning returns to inspire Galway to victory
JOE CANNING made his return from injury when being introduced as a sub to help inspire Galway to a 0-20 to 0-18 victory over Kilkenny in Pearse Stadium, Salthill yesterday.
The Portumna ace (pictured above during first half), making his first appearance of the league campaign after picking up a finger injury in the Walsh Cup, was introduced at the start of the second half and converted three frees and a sideline ball to help Anthony Cunninghams's men to victory.
If Canning's return was the headline story from Salthill the 11-point haul from Jason Flynn (seven frees, one '65') will have cheered Galway supporters as they look to find the winning blend in attack.
In the dying embers Jonjo Farrell reduced the deficit to the minimum in the last minute of normal time and Kilkenny had chances to draw level.
But the Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan and his defence stood firm and Canning had the final say.
Premier heap woe on Clare
SECOND half goals from Noel McGrath and James Woodlock heaped further misery on Clare at Ennis yesterday as the Premier County prevailed 2-19 to 0-20.
Davy Fitzgerald's side, who host the Dubs in Ennis next Saturday afternoon, remain bottom of the table with zero points and are staring relegation in the face with two games remaining to rescue the situation.
Tipperary have four league points, the same as Cork, Dublin and Galway, and face old rivals Kilkenny next weekend.
Seamus Callanan and John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer hit six and four points respectively as Tipp led 0-13 to 0-9 at half-time.
Michael Breen extended their lead with the first score of the second half and Clare were left with a mountain to climb after Noel McGrath struck for the Premier County's first goal in the 43rd minute.
Clare rallied with Conor Ryan to the fore and got within a clear goal before Woodlock's goal ended Banner hopes.