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Statement by Galway G.A.A. County Board - March 30th, 2019.

Earlier this week a number of media outlets reported on the fitness of Galway player Joe Canning. These reports were entirely incorrect and were at no point checked with the Galway Team Management or Medical team.

We are issuing this statement to correct this:

On Sunday March 24th, Joe Canning injured his groin in the Allianz National Hurling League Semi-Final against Waterford. The injury will require surgery and there is an expected recovery period of between 14 to 16 weeks.

On March 17th, Fintan Burke damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in the AIB All-Ireland Club Hurling Final playing for his club St. Thomas. The injury will require surgery and Fintan will not be available to play for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Galway GAA wish both Joe and Fintan all the best in their recoveries and will be providing them with all the necessary medical supports to aid them.

Speaking today, Galway Senior Hurling Manager Micheál Donoghue said “I, and all the team wish Joe and Fintan a speedy recovery from their injuries. They were both very unlucky to pick up injuries at this stage in the season.”

“Even by his own high standards, Joe Canning’s performances this year have been exceptional. He is in good spirits and has a positive mindset facing surgery and rehab period.”

“Fintan Burke is an exceptional young talent and his injury is a difficult blow in what was shaping up to be a great season for him.  He was outstanding in St.Thomas' run to the All-Ireland Hurling Club Final and is determined to get back playing for his club and Galway.”

“I,  our medical and support team will be working with Joe and Fintan closely to help with their recoveries and return to the squad “ he concluded.

  

Allianz Hurling League Semi-Final

WATERFORD 1-18 GALWAY 0-19

By Cian O'Connell at Nowlan Park

When demanding questions were posed Waterford summoned the necessary answers to set up an intriguing Allianz Hurling League decider against Limerick.

Paraic Fanning’s developing team delivered when it truly counted in the closing stages reeling off seven points without reply at a crucial stage.

That five of those scores arrived following the 54th minute dismissal of Mikey Kearney merely added to the feel good factor.

It was that sort of defiant display Waterford craved and the Deise will head for GAA headquarters heartened by this win.

Initially Waterford were in a bit of bother as Galway stitched some nice attacking patterns together accumulating an 0-8 to 0-3 advantage by the 18th minute.

Joe Canning was knitting the play together smartly while Cathal Mannion and Davey Glennon contributed some fine scores.

Still Waterford ploughed on and while they trailed by five again as the interval approached a fortuitous goal altered the complexion dramatically.

Stephen Bennett’s delivery caused panic and the sliotar eventually rattled the Galway net and the lead was trimmed to two.

The prolific Bennett narrowed the gap, but a Canning free ensured Galway went in at the interval 0-12 to 1-7 ahead.

After the restart it was tight and tense as Galway nudged themselves three in front, 0-17 to 1-11 when Canning rifled over a 49th minute free.

Galway didn’t score again until the seventh minute of stoppage time as Waterford seized the initiative in impressive fashion.

Substitute Jack Prendergast made an impact, but Waterford could have been disturbed when a second yellow card ensured Kearney was sent off.

Admirably Waterford kept thundering into the contest - Stephen Bennett levelled in the 56th minute before Calum Lyons clipped a sweet point from distance.

Suddenly Waterford were armed with belief, confidence, and momentum as Pauric Mahony clipped two splendid efforts guiding them 1-18 to 0-17 clear.

Galway’s cause wasn’t aided when Canning was stretchered off in injury time and while Glennon and Jason Flynn (free) pinched points it wasn’t enough. Waterford weren’t going to be denied.

Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett 1-7 (1-6fs), Pauric Mahony 0-3, Jamie Barron and  Jack Prendergast 0-2 each, Calum Lyons, Tommy Ryan, Mikey Kearney, and Austin Gleeson 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-7 (5fs), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Davy Glennon 0-3, Johnny Coen, Conor Whelan, Brian Concannon,  Kevin Hussey, and Jason Flynn (f) 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Calum Lyons, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Philip Mahony, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Colin Dunford; Austin Gleeson, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Tommy Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

Subs: Jack Prendergast for Dunford (HT), Peter Hogan for Ryan (51), Colm Roche for de Burca (63), DJ Foran for Gleeson (70).

GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Ronan Burke, Gearoid McInerney, Darren Morrissey; Paul Killeen, Padraic Mannion, Aidan Harte; Cathal Mannion, Johnny Coen; Conor Whelan, Joe Canning, Kevin Hussey; Davey Glennon, Brian Concannon, Niall Burke.

Subs: Jason Flynn for N Burke (56), Tadhg Haran for Coen (69), Jarlath Mannion for Canning (70+2), John Hanbury for Killeen (70+8).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

 

Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final

GALWAY 3-21 WEXFORD 3-11

By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately a wild encounter was decided by a blistering Galway burst in the third quarter.

It was a satisfying afternoon in the west for Galway, who endured some anxious moments early on, before winning with a dash of style.

Joe Canning’s crafty performance included a 0-15 haul, but his display wasn’t solely about scores as the Portumna clubman was relevant throughout creating chances.

A strange opening period included a splendid Canning cameo, who mined a dozen points, but Galway, despite initially being backed by a reasonable breeze, still trailed by 3-5 to 0-13 at the break.

That was chiefly due to Wexford’s ability to pounce for goals with Conor McDonald and Lee Chin’s power disturbing the locals.

Davy Fitzgerald’s sharp outfit nailed 3-5 from 12 shots, while Galway converted 0-13 from 18 attempts during a lively start.

Galway had edged 0-3 to 0-2 ahead when Wexford struck for a goal as a McDonald effort trickled over the line.

With Canning drilling frees from a variety of angles and distances Galway responded hitting five of the next six scores, but once more Wexford grabbed a goal.

It was all about McDonald’s aerial ability as the Naomh Eanna clubman gathered Matthew O’Hanlon’s delivery before making the Galway net dance.

Two further Canning frees and a Cathal Mannion effort had Galway 0-11 to 2-4 in the ascendancy, but Chin blasted a third Wexford goal in the 31st minute.

The passionate visiting support were enthused and while parity was restored following two Canning points Wexford led at the turnaround as Paul Morris clipped a free in stoppage time.

Gearoid McInerney went back into the Galway full back line and that proved to be a significant switch.

When the action recommenced, though, Galway were primed for a battle and plundered two goals inside eight minutes.

Three minutes after the restart Davy Glennon’s pass released Cathal Mannion, who had the skill to blast a brilliant goal from an acute angle.

Buoyed up by Mannion’s major Galway quickly added a second in the 43rd minute as Niall Burke reacted promptly to steer the sliotar over the line following a Mark Fanning save from Glennon.

Brian Concannon and Mannion clipped points for Galway growing in confidence and gathering momentum suddenly were 2-18 to 3-6 clear.

Wexford, so forceful at the outset, couldn’t recover as Galway, inspired by Canning, remained in control for the rest of the game.

In the dying embers Galway decorated the victory when substitute Tadhg Haran announced his arrival by poking a goal after Canning had been thwarted by a Fanning save. Galway closed the deal with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-15 (13fs, 165), Cathal Mannion 1-2, Niall Burke 1-1, Tadhg Haran 1-0, Brian Concannon 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 2-2 (1f), Lee Chin 1-2, Paul Morris 0-4 (3fs, 165), Aidan Nolan, Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Matthew O’Hanlon 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Jack Grealish, Paul Killeen, Sean Loftus; Darren Morrissey, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; Aidan Harte, Cathal Mannion; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Thomas Monaghan; Conor Whelan, Sean Bleahene, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Kevin Hussey for P Mannion (22), Davy Glennon for Monaghan (34), Johnny Coen for Morrissey (HT), Sean Kilduff for Harte (63), Tadhg Haran for Bleahene (68).

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Simon Donohoe, Liam Ryan, Damien Reck; Shaun Murphy, Matthew O’Hanlon, Paudie Foley; Jack O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Aidan Nolan, Lee Chin, Cathal Dunbar; Kevin Foley, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris.

Subs: Darren Byrne for Ryan (38), Liam Og McGovern for J O’Connor (46), Shane Reck for Byrne (52), Ian Byrne for Chin (58), Harry Kehoe for Morris (68).

REFEREE: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

The GAA have confirmed a double header of Allianz League Fixtures will take place next Saturday, 16th March in Pearse Stadium.

Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Finals

Galway v Wexford, 1.30 pm

Allianz Football League Round 5

Galway v Roscommon, 3.30 pm

 

Important Information for Supporters travelling to Pearse Stadium

A Chairde,

On behalf of Galway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee we welcome all GAA Supporters to Salthill on Saturday next, 16th of March for the Allianz Hurling League Quarter Final between Galway and Wexford, which will  throw-in at 1.30pm and the Allianz Football League Round 6 between Galway and Roscommon which will throw-in at 3.30pm.

These games on Saturday, will result in increased traffic in the Galway, Salthill and Pearse Stadium areas and we urge all Supporters to arrive early, in order to avoid traffic congestion and potential delays entering the Stadium.

 An Garda Síochana will implement a local area Traffic Management Plan and this will result in a number of access roads in the residential areas adjacent to Pearse Stadium being closed. It is important to note that only residents with Car Pass Permits and those with Official Car Park Passes will be allowed access to those Residential areas.

There are ample Car Parks in Galway City and Salthill and we encourage patrons to use these car parks and walk or take public transport to/from Salthill. The 401 Bus from Eyre Square to Salthill will operate every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Garda Traffic Cordon

Ground will open to patrons at 12pm and a Garda Traffic Cordon will be in place restricting vehicular access to residents and permit holders only from 12pm until 5.00pm. Barriers will be in place on either end of Dr Mannix Road, at Rockbarton Road, at Dalysfort Road and on Rosary Lane. There will be no through traffic on any of these routes between the times indicated. Again, we ask all Supporters to arrive early, to park in the designated Car Parks and to park legally and responsibly, at all times. Designated Car Parks will be signposted.

Recommended Traffic Access Route

It is expected that the majority of both visiting supporters will approach the city via the M6 and it is recommended that they continue on M6/N6 route across Quincentenary Bridge and continue along Bishop O'Donnell Road. Progress through the city (unless intending to park and walk/bus to Salthill) is not recommended as the pedestrian crossing at Spanish Arch will be particularly busy on Saturday as will the retail parks and supermarkets on city part of Headford Road.

Finally, we appeal to all Supporters to be conscious, mindful and respectful to the needs of our neighbours and local residents.

Please distribute and communicate this important notice to all your Clubs, Supporters and your Local Media.

In Summary:

1. Please ensure that you buy your ticket in advance!

2. Please travel with care and arrive early!

2. Please use designated Car Parks and park legally and responsibly.

3. Please be respectful and mindful of the needs of Local Residents

4. Enjoy the game

 Thank You for your co-operation and your support.

 Séamus Ó Gráda,

Runaí, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

 

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Allianz Hurling Division 1B

GALWAY 0-20 DUBLIN 1-11

By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

This was a satisfactory spring afternoon in Salthill for Galway, who gleaned a comfortable victory.

Dublin hit the west hopeful to build on a solid start to the competition under Mattie Kenny, but this offered a reminder of Galway’s strength and durability.

Moments of class were also supplied by Galway with Aidan Harte’s diligence and Cathal Mannion’s sweet striking key factors in this particular triumph.

Fielding their most experienced team of the campaign so far Galway settled impressively delivering an assured opening period display in front of 6,893 spectators.

Micheal Donoghue’s charges trotted off 0-13 to 1-4 ahead at the break and plenty of encouragement was available for the healthy home crowd.

From 15 attempts Galway struck 0-13 and didn’t miss a chance until the 34th minute which illustrated how enterprising and efficient the maroon outfit were initially.

Joe Canning was sharp from frees, Davy Glennon and Jason Flynn buzzed about craving involvement in attack, while the promising Sean Bleahene was also prominent.

Trailing by 0-5 to 0-1 Dublin did pounce for an opportunistic goal in the 15th minute when Oisin O’Rorke supplied a splendid assist for Danny Sutcliffe, who batted the sliotar to the back of the Galway net.

Unperturbed Galway reeled off the next five points including some gorgeous efforts from Sean Loftus, Niall Burke, Aidan Harte, and Conor Whelan.

When the interval eventually rolled around Galway went in protecting a six point advantage ensuring significant Dublin improvement was necessary.

Substitute Donal Burke announced his arrival with a tidy point, but Galway kept finding answers as a Glennon effort was followed by two Canning frees.

Though there was little wrong with Dublin’s attitude or application Galway were that little bit slicker meaning the spoils were secured with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-8 (8fs), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Sean Bleahene 0-2, Sean Loftus, Niall Burke, Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan, Davey Glennon, and Aidan Harte 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: Danny Sutcliffe 1-0, Riain McBride (1 sideline) and David Treacy (2fs, 165) 0-3 each, Eamonn Dillon 0-2, Donal Burke, Sean Moran (f), and John Hetherton (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Jack Grealish, Ronan Burke, Aidan Harte; Kevin Hussey, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; Cathal Mannion, Sean Loftus; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Conor Whelan; Davy Glennon, Sean Bleahene, Jason Flynn.

Subs: Tom Monaghan for Glennon (55), Paul Killeen for Hussey (67), Kevin Cooney for Flynn (69), Sean Kilduff for Loftus (70+3), Jarlath Mannion for Bleahene (70+3).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Eoghan O’Donnell, Cian O’Callaghan; Chris Crummey, Sean Moran, Shane Barrett; Darragh O’Connell, Riain McBride; Jake Malone, John Hetherton, Fergal Whitely; Oisin O’Rorke, Eamonn Dillon, Eamonn Dillon, Danny Sutcliffe.

Subs: David Treacy for Whitely (21), Liam Rushe for Hetherton (26), Donal Burke for O’Connell (HT), Daire Gray for O’Callaghan (38), Sean Treacy for O’Rorke (48).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).

 

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