Joe Canning has reflected back on the point he missed at the end of the All Ireland final that would have ensured a draw against Limerick.
The Treaty men were eight points up going into additional time but a goal from Conor Whelan reduced the gap before Canning drove a 21-yard free to the back of Nickie Quaid’s net to make it a two-point game. Niall Burke brought the game to within one point before Canning and Graeme Mulcahy traded points.
With seconds remaining in the game, Galway were awarded a free inside their own 45′ and the Portumna man raced back to take it. To the relief of the Limerick fans, his effort dropped short and Tom Condon caught the ball and ran out of defence.
“I should have got it. I wouldn’t have went back if I didn’t think I’d get it.”
“I probably tried to hit it too hard and I kinda mis-hit it a little bit. If I connected sweetly with it, it would have went over. It dropped in the square. There was only another three or four yards or whatever and that’s the frustrating thing.”
Limerick held on to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time in 45-years, goals from Graeme Mulcahy, Tom Morrissey and Shane Dowling helping them to withstand the late onslaught. Though disappointed with the outcome, Canning admitted that Galway did not deserve to win the match.
“If I had have connected sweetly, who knows? But it would have been daylight robbery.”