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Remember when Joe Canning scored 4-7 against Clare...but Galway lost the game?

Canning featured in a particularly memorable All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final three years ago.

Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

JOE CANNING WILL be a key part of the Galway team that face off against Clare in senior hurling combat in Thurles on Sunday.

The teams meet in an All-Ireland quarter-final tie that will evoke memories of the wonderful and thrilling U21 hurling tie at Semple Stadium that Canning starred in between the counties in 2009.

Clare claimed the honours after extra-time in that Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final in a remarkable game by 3-23 to 5-15. Canning helped himself to a stunning haul of 4-7 yet wound up on the losing side.

He wasn’t the only player from that game who will be a key figure in next Sunday’s tie as Canning’s teammates in that U21 game included James Skehill, David Burke and Aidan Harte.

And there’s a large chunk of the Clare team that will be familiar opponents as well. Darach Honan was the scoring star of that Clare U21 team as he fired 2-4 against Galway in that game.

Colin Ryan (0-8) and Conor McGrath (1-1) were others to impact in the scoring stakes for Banner in that match.

While Donal Tuohy, Domhnall O’Donovan, Nicky O’Connell, Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon, John Conlon and Sean Collins are others currently involved with Davy Fitzgerald’s senior squad.

2009 All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final
Clare 3-23
Galway 5-15

CLARE: D Touhy; J Gunning, E Glynn, C O’Doherty; D O’Donovan, N O’Connell (0-1, f), P O’Connor; E Barrett, C Chaplin; J Conlon (0-3), C O’Donovan (0-1), S Collins (0-2); D Honan (2-4), C Morey (0-1), C Ryan (0-8, 4f, 2’65).
Subs: C Dillon for Gunning (20), C McGrath (1-1) for O’Connor (30), C Tierney (0-2) for Morey (47), P Kelly for Collins (78).
GALWAY: J Skehill; S Quinn, C Daly, M Dolphin; D Connolly, B Regan, C Forde; D Burke (0-1) , S Óg Linnane; K Keehan, A Harte (1-2), E Forde (0-3); A Dolan (0-1), J Canning (4-7, 2p, 1-3 f, 2sl, 1’65), N Quinn (0-1).
Subs: K Killilea for Dolan (40), B Daly for Linnane (49), G Burke for Teehan (53), J Ryan for S Quinn (69), Linnane for Forde (78).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Here’s the highlights from normal time in that game:


YouTube: hurlingtime

The first half of extra-time:


YouTube: hurlingtime

And the dramatic conclusion to that game in the second-half of extra-time:


YouTube: hurlingtime

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