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Ollie Canning: Experience key to Portumna victory

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 11:36 | Comments

Ollie Canning: 'We've been on some journey for the last ten years'
Ollie Canning: 'We've been on some journey for the last ten years'

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Portumna captain Ollie Canning hailed his team’s experience as they saw off the challenge of Mount Leinster Rangers in the All-Ireland club hurling final.

It was the Galway side’s fourth time to claim the Tommy Moore cup and Canning felt that the wins in 2006, 2008 and 2009 helped them over the line.

“We didn’t panic, we just needed to get the couple of scores to keep the scoreboard ticking away in the second half, I suppose the experienced heads were great at the end,” he told RTÉ Sport after the 0-19 to 0-11 win at Croke Park.

“It’s just unbelievable really, we’ve been on some journey for the last ten years," he added. 

"It was very tough out there today and I suppose we went in with the four-point cushion at half-time and we felt if we performed the same way in the second half we had a great chance of winning the game.

“Thankfully, we got the scores over the bar. It was nervous out there, it was tit for tat for long periods of the game Hopefully, it was a good game to watch for the neutrals but we’re so happy to win an All-Ireland again.” 

 Television highlights from 22:00 on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (Ireland only).

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