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Galway centre-back Gearoid McInerney is in a race against time to be fit for the All-Ireland SHC Final. 
Galway centre-back Gearoid McInerney is in a race against time to be fit for the All-Ireland SHC Final. 

Donoghue backs McInerney to be fit for All-Ireland Final

By John Harrington

Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue is hopeful that team centre-back Gearoid McInerney will be fit to play in the All-Ireland SHC Final against Limerick in two weeks’ time.

McInerney injured his ankle in the drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Clare and missed yesterday’s replay victory over the Banner County, but Donoghue is optimistic that he’ll make a quick recovery.

“In fairness he did a lot of work,” said Donoghue. “Hopefully, in two weeks’ time he won’t be too far away. He’s working really hard with the medics. We’ll
do everything we can to get him on the pitch.

“It’s been a hectic enough schedule. Lads have picked up knocks. The turnaround time is a bit of an issue. Huge credit to our medical team for getting the boys out there. We have two weeks now to refocus.”

Even though Galway have had to come through two hard matches against Clare, one of which went to extra-time, in the space of eight days, Donoghue isn’t worried that his team will be fatigued for the All-Ireland Final.

“Not at all,” he said. “Games of that quality, you can’t replicate that in training. Hopefully that will stand to us in two weeks’ time.”

Donoghue was pleased with the character his team showed yesterday to just about resist a comeback from Clare that saw them cut a nine-point deficit to just a single point.

“A good start, a good lead,” he said. “Clare came back into it. I thought our boys showed massive resilience. When the need was greatest they stuck with
it. A lot of big players stood up and saw us home.

“I’ve said it many a time, you’re not going to dominate a game for 70 minutes.

“Testament to Clare, savage team, massive players, they took their opportunities wonderfully. Our boys showed massive heart and resilience to come back. Those qualities are never doubted with them.”

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