Canning stars in Galway win

Galway 1-14 Limerick 1-12

Galway 1-14 Limerick 1-12

Joe Canning returned to Galway colours to shoot them to a tight NHL Division 1 victory over Limerick at Pearse Stadium this afternoon.

Canning, fresh from Portumna's All-Ireland club triumph on St. Patrick's Day, landed two late frees to guide Galway to their second win in this year's league.

Galway had the wind at their backs in the opening half and claimed an early 0-6 to 0-2 lead, with Joe Gantley, David Tierney, Canning and Cyril Donnellan amongst the scorers. Niall Moran responded for Limerick with two frees.

Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan produced a fine stop to deny Limerick's David Breen a goal and the Tribesmen engineered a goal of their own before half-time.

The Limerick defence failed to clear a ball in from Adrian Cullinane and Fergal Healy was on hand to bat it to the net in a scrambled finish.

That strike helped Galway into a considerable lead but points from Breen, James O'Brien and Donal O'Grady got Limerick back in touch before the break at 1-9 to 0-6 down.

But with Niall Moran putting his stamp on the second half, the Shannonsiders fought their way back and were level at 1-12 apiece by the 68th minute.

Galway had Gantley and Fergal Moore yellow carded and Moran's placed ball accuracy was really coming to the fore.

He blasted a 20-metre free to the Galway net, having had an earlier effort saved by substitute goalkeeper Eric Ward.

But Canning kept his nerve to fire those two frees through the uprights and wrestle back the two league points for John McIntyre's men.

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