Canning among the changes for Galway

Two-time All-Star Joe Canning has been named at full-forward in the Galway team to face Dublin in Saturday's Leinster SHC semi-final in Tullamore (throw-in 7pm).

Two-time All-Star Joe Canning has been named at full-forward in the Galway team to face Dublin in Saturday's Leinster SHC semi-final in Tullamore (throw-in 7pm).

A second-half substitute in the quarter-final win over Westmeath, Canning has recovered fully from the hamstring injury he sustained playing for Portumna last month.

He returns to a Galway side that shows four changes in personnel from that 4-17 to 2-17 victory in Mullingar.

Shane Kavanagh and Tony Óg Regan have been restored to the half-back line, having appeared off the bench the last day. Johnny Coen and John Lee make way.

Canning will don the number 14 jersey in a rejigged attack with Joe Gantley moving to wing forward, while Eanna Ryan, another substitute from the Westmeath game, is an indirect replacement for Kevin Hynes. Andy Smith also loses out.

Ryan will line out on the right wing and Clarinbridge's Barry Daly reverts to a midfield role alongside David Burke, who scored three points against the Lakesiders.

Manager John McIntyre might be able to use Ger Farragher and Iarla Tannian as impact substitutes, depending on how their respective knee and hand injuries are come the weekend.

Ryan was a late goal scorer when Galway handed Dublin their only defeat of this year's Allianz Hurling League back in March - a 2-11 to 0-14 reversal at Parnell Park.

Incredibly, Galway and Dublin have only met twice before in the Championship, in the 1924 All-Ireland final and the 1941 All-Ireland semi-final - both of which were won by Dublin.

GALWAY (SHC v Dublin): James Skehill; Damien Joyce (capt), David Collins, Fergal Moore; Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan, Adrian Cullinane; Barry Daly, David Burke; Eanna Ryan, Cyril Donnellan, Joe Gantley; Damien Hayes, Joe Canning, Aonghus Callinan.

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