TRIBE TRI­UMPH

Tribe boss Micheal has a pop at GAA over fix­ture sched­ule

Irish Daily Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY MICHAEL SCULLY

Su­per GAA pullout in­side!

MICHEAL DONOGHUE was un­happy with the sched­ul­ing of the Le­in­ster SHC final re­play - de­spite watch­ing his Gal­way side re­tain the Bob O’keefe Cup.

The reign­ing All-ire­land cham­pi­ons saw a 12-point lead just be­fore half-time re­duced to only one by the 55th minute.

But Gal­way kept their cool to win their third Le­in­ster ti­tle and progress to the All-ire­land semis at the end of the month.

Kilkenny will play for a third week in a row this week­end when they face Lim­er­ick in the quar­ter-fi­nals and Donoghue had sym­pa­thy for his coun­ter­part Brian Cody.

“It’s hard for any team to come out three

weeks in a row,” said Donoghue. “When the fix­tures were made, was there any al­lowance for a draw?

“The GAA would have noth­ing with­out the play­ers, they are the most in­te­gral part of it.

“Even with the weather we’ve had, putting the match on at 3pm, what was wrong with putting it on at 5pm with the play­ers’ wel­fare in mind?”

A de­fi­ant Donoghue (above) also put up a ro­bust de­fence of his star man Joe Can­ning, who hit five wides in last Sun­day’s drawn final and six yes­ter­day.

“It’s easy for peo­ple, re­porters, to look and see what Joe does on placed balls,” he said of Can­ning who did score 10 points in the re­play in­clud­ing six frees.

“You have to look at the work he does off the ball, he’s an in­te­gral part of our team. We mea­sure him by what he does off the frees as well and we’re very happy with what he does.

“I’ve said it many times, this group doesn’t care what’s said out­side of the group.

“We can’t con­trol that, we just try to con­trol what hap­pens in Athenry when we’re train­ing.

“What’s said about us, what’s writ­ten about us is ir­rel­e­vant, we’re just al­ways try­ing to get the per­for­mance.

“It’s go­ing re­ally well for us, it’s been a bril­liant week for Gal­way hurl­ing with the un­der-21s win­ning as well – there was a mas­sive con­nec­tiv­ity with that group.

“All credit to Kilkenny for com­ing back but our boys showed no panic, their de­ter­mi­na­tion and qual­ity and brav­ery to use the ball at that stage was very ev­i­dent.

“They to­tally un­der­stand the re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes with wear­ing that jer­sey.”

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