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Dislocated elbow and hamstring injury cost Galway two players at half-time today

Joe Canning and Adrian Tuohy were forced off at the break.

INJURIES STRUCK DOWN two key performers for Galway at half-time of today’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final.

Joe Canning injured Joe Canning receives treatment before half-time of today's game. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Manager Michéal Donoghue confirmed after the game that defender Adrian Tuohy suffered a dislocated elbow while attacker Joe Canning limped off with a hamstring injury.

Canning had been in the wars in the opening period, shipping a heavy challenge from Padraic Maher in the 24th minute which forced both players off with blood injuries.

Canning returned to the action only to damage his hamstring before the interval when racing to get possession near the Cusack Stand side. He didn’t return for the second-half after having hit 0-5 in the opening period and was replaced by Cyril Donnellan.

Joe Canning Joe Canning was on the substitutes bench at the start of the second-half. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Tuohy suffered his injury just before the interval with Andy Smith coming on to replace him.

Donoghue revealed they were ‘bitterly disappointed’ to narrowly lose out.

“I can’t fault the players attitude or application. A hugely disappointed dressing room down there.

“Coming into the game, the chat was it was going to be a shootout. From a manager’s perspective and I’m sure Mick was the same, didn’t want it to turn out that way. Inevitably it did and the game ebbed and lowed.

“The way it was going, obviously just bitterly disappointed we didn’t get something out of it. Just bitterly disappointed.

“We lost two guys that were performing really well in Adrian Tuohy and Joe. Adrian got a dislocated elbow and Joe got a hamstring injury.

Brendan Maher and Adrian Tuohy Adrian Tuohy (left) in action for Galway against Tipperary's Brendan Maher Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

“That was a big loss for us as a group but in fairness to the lads that came in, they put in a huge effort and shoulder to the wheel. (We’re) very proud.”

Galway looked to have struck a decisive blow when Joseph Cooney plundered their second goal in the 43rd minute yet the next three scores of the game were delivered by Tipperary as they wiped out Galway’s advantage.

“When Joe got the goal at the start of the second half, I just felt maybe if we’d got a few more points just to push it out a bit.

“It might have given us a bit of time to settle. Look you know, the lads worked really hard. We defended very well.

Joe Canning Joe Canning after taking a hit from Padraic Maher Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

“I thought we responded well when Bubbles got the goal. John McGrath scored then, it was just harder to get back.

“That was the disappointing thing in the last few minutes, needed that break for a big score. It was a great finish.

“(It’s) a testament to our boys, they showed huge character and I’m really proud of the effort they put in. It was a massive shift.”

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