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Joe Canning's Nephew Tears It Up For Galway In All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final

Joe Canning's Nephew Tears It Up For Galway In All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final

Jack Canning was one of the stars for Galway in their All-Ireland minor semi-final against Kilkenny.

A thrilling game saw Galway win by a point - 1-12 to 2-08.

Canning - who hit 1-4 in total - opened the scoring after less than 30 seconds at Croke Park when he struck from a tight angle under pressure on the touchline near the Hill 16 end. It was a sensational point from the Portumna youngster.

His first half scoring exploits would not end there, he would add two more impressive points as his side went into the break a goal down on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-6.

After closing the deficit to the minimum with his fourth score of the game, Canning responded to a serious blow to Galway's hopes when Kilkenny scored their second goal of the game.

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Just seconds after Eoin Cody's goal, Jack Canning dispatched a penalty for the Tribesmen.

In a tense final 10 minutes of play, Canning showed some brilliant vision to find Donal Mannion for a 57th minute equalising point.

It was the substitute Enda Fahy would win it for Galway in injury time.

Galway, who were well organised in defence by the excellent Darren Morrissey, now await the winner of Cork and Dublin in the other final four game.

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Jack is the nephew of Galway senior star Joe. His father is Joe's brother David. Earlier this year, Joe told us that Jack is 'putting him to shame'.

He’s a big boy alright, he’s 6’ 3". He’s bigger than me so he’s putting me to shame a little bit.

Back in May, Jack played senior championship hurling for Portumna for the first time. Such is the closeness of the Canning clan, Ollie Canning - brother of Joe - extended his club hurling career by a further year to facilitate Jack's desire to play with his uncle.

Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

See Also: Joe Canning Speaks Absolute Sense About The Attitude To Booze In the GAA

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