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Joe Canning's Outrageous Last-Ditch Score Wins All-Ireland Semi For Galway

Joe Canning's Outrageous Last-Ditch Score Wins All-Ireland Semi For Galway
By PJ Browne Updated
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Galway and Tipperary looked destined to do it all over again in their All-Ireland semi-final - that was until Joe Canning unleashed an incredible 74th minute winning score.

Just seconds earlier, Canning had dropped a long free just short of the square. Momentarily, it looked like it might squirm beyond Darren Gleeson but the Tipp keeper got his hurley to the sliotar.

After the ball was clear to the halfway line, Johnny Coen took possession for Galway and found Canning in space. Though, it was a minimum in which he had to operate.

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The Portumna man unleashed a monster point to send his county into the All-Ireland decider.

Speaking to RTÉ after the game, a modest Canning - who scored 11 points in all - claimed himself lucky to have had the effort clear the bar.

It’s just lucky it went over. I remember a couple of years ago against Waterford I had the same thing to draw the match and I missed it so it’s nice when it comes off on a day like today.

To be honest it could have went anywhere. It wasn’t a great day with the frees or anything like that so I’m just lucky it went over in the end.

Canning's score was a fitting end to what had been a pulsating semi-final.

Up in the media section of the Hogan Stand, RTÉ's Darren Frehill - a Galway man - really enjoyed the score. He was not the only Galway man employed by RTÉ who reacted with joy to the Canning point. In the RTÉ TV studio at Croke Park, Michael Lyster and Cyril Farrell has no issues with displaying their allegiance.

Video: Official GAA

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