Injury fears for Galway ahead of All-Ireland semi-final replay
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue says he does not yet know the extent of the injuries suffered by Gearoid McInerney and Joe Canning in today’s drawn All-Ireland SHC semi-final with Clare.
McInerney limped off after 54 minutes with what looked like a knee injury, and Joe Canning was also called ashore in the second-half of extra-time after he seemed to hurt a leg in a heavy fall earlier in the game.
“It's too early yet,” said Donoghue when saked about the health of both players after the match.
“I've hardly even seen them. Haven't had time. Hopefully there's nothing too bad.”
Donoghue felt that it was a testament to his team’s character that they had themselves in a position to win the match deep into injury time of extra-time despite not having two of their main leaders on the pitch.
“Ah, sure look, it was an epic encounter,” he said.
“We started well. Obviously we knew coming up that Clare were going to be a massive challenge and we got a good start and they came back well into the game and I think once they came back close to parity it just took a life of its own.
“Both teams probably had chances in normal time and similar in extra-time, but, look, I'm really proud of our lads, they worked really hard.
“Any time they got a setback they came back and got the scores when we needed them and, you know, we picked up a few knocks as well and the lads who came off the bench made a massive contribution.”
“We just draw on our experience now and recover and go again next week.”
Galway led by nine points after just 16 minutes but their advantage was whittled to just four by the half-time break.
They also hit 12 wides in that first half, and Donoghue admitted their finishing had let them down in that period of the match.
“Ah yeah, look, I think our efficiency is normally very good,” he said. “Today a bit down. But, look, the encouraging thing for us is that we were still taking the shots. We'll take it as a learning from the game and we'll just move on now again.”
Another lesson surely learned from the match was that Galway will have to figure a way around Colm Galvin if they’re to win the replay.
When the Clare midfielder moved back into a deep-lying sweeping position he did brilliantly to curb the previously rampant Galway attack.
“He did yeah, he got on a lot of ball,” said Donoghue. “And the way they used him was very good, the puckouts and stuff, so we will have to have a look at that.”