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Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan.
Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan.

Colm Callanan delighted to be back in action


By Cian O'Connell

Colm Callanan is delighted to be back wearing the Galway number one jersey.

An injury ravaged 2018 examined Callanan's resolve, but the Galway custodian made a crucial late save to deny Cathal Dunbar at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

That was a crucial late intervention for Callanan, who is glad to be back in Leinster Championship action.

"For sure," Callan says. "It wasn’t a great year last year being injured and that, but things are going ok so far. 

"I’m fine, I’m doing alright so touch wood now hopefully the injuries stay away for another while."

Callanan was encouraged by the manner in which Galway fought until the end against Wexford in Salthill.

"Yeah, for sure," Callanan remarked. "It took an awful lot of battling spirit there to just get away with the draw. 

"We were facing into a mammoth breeze there in the second half and when the game was so tight at the very end, any little slip-up or anything and you are done. We’ll take what we have now and move on. "We have Kilkenny in two weeks and it’s a massive one. It was always going to be that way and any game down in Nowlan Park away to Kilkenny is going to be a huge test. But we’ll train away and look forward to it."

Dunbar's late goal opportunity could have earned a significant win for Wexford, but Galway survived the scare.

"Yeah, it probably would have been done and dusted but I don’t remember too much about it," Callanan stated. 

"They had a free man over there and the handpass came across, and I was just delighted to keep it out. 

"I thought maybe we would work another chance up the field and get a winner, but we’ll have to make do with the draw.

"The wind was swirling around an awful lot, and I had seen it myself when we were out pucking around at the start. 

"The wind was really hard to judge, and true to form then in the game itself. There were wides on both sides and another day it could have easily been 24 or 25 points each for both teams. It finished at 16 and both teams really left a good few scores out there."