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Thursday 23 November 2017

Canning form a source of optimism for Tribesmen

Allianz HL semi-final: Limerick v Galway (Gaelic Grds, 2.0)

Joe Canning
Joe Canning

Galway have done a fair job of salvaging something decent from a spring that threatened to underwhelm after that defeat to Wexford in Salthill cost them an immediate resurrection to Division 1A, writes Conor McKeon.

A team that beats Waterford just now deserves to be taken seriously.

One that does so after trailing by 10 points in the 44th minute is to be treated with extreme caution.

Yet even that wasn't the day's headline. Rather the performance of Joe Canning (above), touching the lofty peaks of his own capabilities once again.

Whatever about the hamstring injury he has just returned from, Canning has only flirted with his brilliant best form over the past couple of years but his exhibition of scoring in Pearse Stadium was once again a sight to behold.

All the better too for the return of Johnny Glynn.

Glynn trained with the team last Monday for the first time since 2015 and even if he's likely to be off the pace, his abrasive tackling and consistent ball-winning make him an able accomplice to Canning and the other artists that loiter in the Galway attack.

For Limerick Nickie Quaid, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey and Seanie Tobin are all back in the mix after various injuries but they've already been beaten by Galway once this year.

And their victory over Division 1A opposition in the quarter-finals merely showed further signs of Cork's inconsistencies than convincing proof of their own improvement.

ODDS: Limerick 6/4, Draw 9/1, Galway 4/6

VERDICT: Galway

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