Joe Canning ‘sick’ of recalling 2012 near miss

Joe Canning says he is “sick” of people talking about Galway’s near miss in 2012.

Three years ago, the Tribesmen took Kilkenny to an All-Ireland final replay but ultimately fell short.

They haven’t lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1988 but are back in the semi-finals following yesterday’s thumping victory over Cork.

Canning noted: “It’s the first time we’ve got to August since 2012 and it’s the first time we’ve won a quarter-final since 2005, so it’s bonus territory for us, at this stage.

“People talk about 2012, we had one good half in the Leinster final, a mediocre game I suppose in the semi-final and one good half in the first All-Ireland.

“I’m kind of sick of people talking about a great year in 2012. We didn’t win the All-Ireland. We got to an All-Ireland final.

“We demand more of ourselves every day. We’re our own worst critics inside in the dressing room and inside in Athenry when we’re training week-in, week-out.

“We’re like every other team, we’re striving to be the best that we can be and there’s a long way to go yet.”

Boss Anthony Cunningham admitted that there are aspects of Galway’s game to improve on — most notably a wides tally of 23.

He said: “We’d probably be disappointed with the number of wides we had — it’s good to have something to work on for the next day. We’ll need, in a closer game, those to go over.”

But while Galway are still alive in the championship, they’ll take some stopping.

Cunningham said: “What we said after the Leinster match was there wasn’t a whole pile wrong with our performance.A seven-point defeat, is only three or four scores we should have defended. We coughed up a lot of easy points against Kilkenny and we had three or four points that we should have scored, so it wasn’t that hard to get that point across.”

Cunningham also hailed the impact of man of the match Jonathan Glynn, who apologised after describing suggestions that Galway have just one forward as ‘fucking bullshit on live TV.

Cunningham said: “He (Glynn) was tremendous. He’s a fantastic athlete and a fantastic hurler.

“The amount of work Johnny puts in, the same as all those guys. We’re training three or four times a week and they’re training another three nights to get themselves right and to rehab.

“Johnny is an example as to where and what we need in a player to develop in the gym over the winter or what the development programmes should be producing.

“He’s young in hurling years but Johnny, the same as any other forward or back, will look at where he can improve for the next day.”

Glynn scored 1-2 and Conor Whelan, parachuted in from left field for his first senior start, did likewise.

Cunningham explained: “Conor wasn’t in the panel for the league but he joined us there in May and has done well with the development (intermediate) team which is a plus for us because it gives matches to guys who don’t get out with us. It’s about half in half, U21s and seniors. He’s got a good exposure there, we played Wexford and Kilkenny. Conor did well there so yeah, he had the talent. He’ll have to knuckle down and know the next day that some Tipperary corner back will be weighing him up.”

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