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Canning breaks finger as Galway and Laois book Walsh Cup semi-final places

The Tribesmen cruised to victory over Offaly while the Midlanders got the better of Wexford.

GALWAY BOOKED A semi-final place in the Walsh Cup today but their victory was marred by a hand injury suffered by key man Joe Canning.

The Portumna man came on during the 12-point win over Offaly in Tullamore but suffered a broken finger according to manager Anthony Cunningham.

It was the only setback on a day when Galway cruised to victory and set up a semi-final clash against Carlow, victors in Friday night’s playoff in Fenagh against Carlow.

The other semi-final will see Laois play Dublin after the Midlands’ outfit saw off Wexford in Abbeyleix today.

In Tullamore, Galway were in front by 1-17 to 0-5 at the interval with Jason Flynn netting for the Tribesmen while Offaly’s Shane Dooley saw his penalty saved by Galway’s Colm Callanan.

The one-way traffic continued in the second-half with Canning hitting Galway’s second goal but Dooley did raise a green flag for Offaly.

Meanwhile, it was a hat-trick from PJ Scully that propelled the Laois hurlers to a 4-18 to 1-19 win over Wexford.

Laois were in front by 2-10 to 1-10 at the break with Scully and Stephen Maher both netting.

Scully added two further goals in the second-half to send his team through to the last four stage.

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