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Monday 17 December 2018

Galway sweating on Canning and McInerney ahead of semi replay

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

It's difficult to figure out the real Micheál Donoghue.

It's certainly not in the 'Fr Trendy' mould, as ascribed acerbically by Ger Loughnane in Donoghue's first season as Galway manager in 2016.

Sure, we have come to learn a little more about his personality as reflected through the performances and success of his team these past 18 months or so.

But what is certain is that the Micheál Donoghue who is trying to get James Owens' attention in an All-Ireland semi-final in order to remonstrate with the Wexford referee is a very different Micheál Donoghue to the one asked for injury updates in a post match press conference.

Foothold

"I was just trying to talk to him," smiled Donoghue when asked whether he was unhappy with Owens.

"Ah look, the way the game went, how it unfolded, we got a foothold on it and Clare came right back again with unbelievable credit must go to both teams and how they went at it.

"Throw in the shower, the conditions made it. Both sets of teams adapted to the conditions and it was a game of massive magnitude. I think both teams just went at it and it was full of incident."

So full of incident, in fact, that the substitutions of Gearóid McInerney and Joe Canning weren't deemed particularly of significance until such time as there was a replay to be played.

Both came off with what appeared to be knee injuries but Donoghue is from the stable of GAA managers who see no benefit whatsoever in revealing the nature or the extent - or frequently, the existence - of injuries suffered by his players.

"It's too early yet. I've hardly even seen them," was his initial reply, after which another question was posed about the apparent seriousness of McInerney's knock.

"Yeah, as I said, I haven't had time. Hopefully there's nothing too bad.

"Look, I give huge credit to our lads," he went on.

"A few boys had to go off, a few knocks during the week, but nothing got them down and we showed the character that shone through for us in the last minutes.

"Today, we always talk about the collective in the squad and how it starts with the squad and the lads who came off the bench made a massive contribution and that will stand us in good stead.

"Hopefully the injuries are not too bad.

"We were a point up and it was obvious James (Owens) with the way the game was going was going to give them a chance and he did. And, look, I think both teams deserve another crack at it."

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