A titanic battle, a war of attrition. For the third year in a row, one point separated the sides. This time, the win was for Galway.
The hero was a man that may receive a lot of media attention, but an epic winning score in a tight game justifiably leads the headlines in the direction of Galway’s marquee man, Joe Canning.
With the game in the melting pot, Canning stepped up and hit a super point.
It was a difficult shot from an angle at any time of the game, but in injury time of an All-Ireland semi-final – pure class from the Portumna man.
Galway are now through to the All-Ireland final and, while it was a great team effort from the men in maroon and white, the plaudits are all going to the 28-year-old.
Cometh the hour… you could not be displeased for Joe Canning. He’s had to put up with a lot #GalvTipp
— Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) August 6, 2017
Joe Canning. What a leader. He was born to do that. #gaa
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 6, 2017
That’ll teach Joe Canning for giving interviews to National newspapers before a big game
— Brian Flanagan (@BHDFlanagan) August 6, 2017
— Parthalan Cremin (@ParthalanC) August 6, 2017
What an absolute beast Joe Canning is. Missed a few chances but still has the guts to go for it every time. #GalvTipp
— Thomas Curran (@TomCurran17) August 6, 2017
That was just silly from Joe Canning #ice
— Dean Rock (@Deanrock14) August 6, 2017
Joe Canning is one of the great stylists of this or any era. Doesn’t need a Celtic Cross to define his career. #GAA
— Dermot Keyes (@DermotKeyes) August 6, 2017
Superb last score by Joe Canning.Tipp were outstanding,it’s a pity there had 2 b a looser, what an advertisement for a brilliant sport #gaa
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) August 6, 2017
That Joe Canning point would give you goosebumps, i love hurling
— Dylan Ó Murchú (@DylanMurphyyy17) August 6, 2017
Canning scored 0-11 and supporters of the Tribesmen will be hoping that he can give a repeat performance in the final.
That final, will see them face the winner of Cork vs Waterford as Galway bid to end their 29-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
For the champions, their season is over and, while they fought to the very end, they will be disappointed to have fallen just short in this epic battle.