Ireland easily won the second test of the International rules series and captain Stephen Cluxton collected the Corman McAnallen cup for the victorious Irish side.
Australia(36) 29-50 (80)Ireland, Gold Coast FT
70min Another behind for Australia, who never really got going this evening.
68min McGlynn kicks a nice over for Australia.
66min Shocking kick by Kieran Donaghy actually goes wide, Ireland wont e too concerned with the match nearly over.
65min Great score Eamon Callaghan gives Ireland a 26pt lead.
58min Tommy Walsh gets the first score of the final quarter.
55min Last quarter underway.
End of the third quarter
51min A couple of goals are badly needed to give the match some spark.
48min Zach Green kicks a behind for Australia.
45min Very poor match so far, we both teams lacking any real passion.
40min Tommy Walsh gets his second over of the evening.
38min Kieran Donaghy gets the first score of the second half.
37min Second half underway
36min Tadgh Kennelly kicks his first over of the night.
35min Zach Smith kicks another over, he is creating a lot of problems for the Irish defence.
34min Tommy Walsh kicks his first over of the evening.
32min Zach Smith kicks his second over to get Australia back to within nine points.
31min Leighton Glynn gets the goal that Australia badly needed.
30min It really is lacking any spark from either team, Australia badly need a goal to liven up the match.
28min Zach Smith gets Australia back to within six points.
27min Brad Green matches Leighton Glynn with a behind.
27min Poor kick by Leighton Glynn for a behind.
26min Steven McDonnell kicks his third over of the evening.
25min Great score from Michael Murphy extends the Irish lead to six.
24min Brad Greens kicks a behind, he is the only Australian player that looks dangerous.
21min Brad Green gets Australias first score in 13 minutes
20min Joe McMahon kicks an over to give Ireland the perfect start to the second quarter..
19min Second quarter underway.
End of first quarter
18min Another over from Steven McDonnell gives Ireland a 4pt lead after the first quarter.
17min Steven McDonnell kicks an over to give Ireland the lead.
15min Australia really look up for the battle today.
13min Stunning mark in front of the posts from Kieran Donaghy after a great pass from Michael Murphy
10min Very slow start for Ireland, with Kevin McKernan getting Irelands second behind.
8min Brad Green increases Australia’s lead to seven.
6min Robinson gets a second behind to give Australia the lead.
5min Very low scoring with Australia a lot tighter this morning.
3min Mitch Robinson from Carlton levels up the match.
2min Michael Murphy gets the first score ands its behind.
1min Match underway and Australia go on the attack.
0min The national anthems are starting and there looks to be a better crowd at this mornings match.
Richard Douglas (Adelaide Crows), James Frawley (Melbourne), Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Brad Green (Melbourne), Shaun Grigg (Richmond), James Kelly (Geelong Cats), Jake King (Richmond), Ben McGlynn (Sydney Swans), Trent McKenzie (Gold Coast Suns), Stephen Milne (St Kilda), Angus Monfries (Essendon), Robin Nahas (Richmond), Mark Nicoski (West Coast), Mitch Robinson (Carlton), Liam Shiels (Hawthorn), Zac Smith (Gold Coast Suns), Matthew Suckling (Hawthorn), Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne), Jack Trengove (Melbourne), Bernie Vince (Adelaide Crows), Callan Ward (GWS Giants), David Wojcinski (Geelong Cats), Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs)
Stephen Cluxton – Captain (Dublin), Ciarán McKeever – Vice Captain (Armagh), Emmet Bolton (Kildare), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Kieran Donaghy (Kerry), Leighton Glynn (Wicklow), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearce Hanley (Mayo/Brisbane Lions), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Tadgh Kennelly (Kerry/Sydney Swans), Steven Mc Donnell (Armagh), (Down), Joe McMahon (Tyrone), Neil McGee (Donegal), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Kevin Reilly (Meath), Aidan Walsh (Cork)
For those naysayers who have, for so long now, called for this International Rules series to be compromised, last week’s abysmally one-sided match will have justified that very argument. An inexperienced Australian outfit were sent out like lambs to the slaughter, the Australian public don’t care and it seems, not for the first time, the series could be on its last legs.
This second test, on the Gold Coast, will be little more than a pride-saving exercise for the Australians having succumbed to that 44 point mauling in Melbourne. The fear is the Aussies may confuse pride with a macho show of strength and power which may or may not fall within the rules. An unfairly battered and bruised Irish team will almost certainly spell the end of the series for the forseeable future.
Giant Australian Zac Smith has already signalled his side’s intent.
“We need to go out there with real intent and be harder at the ball,” he said.
“We need to rough them up a bit but our skills also need to be better than what they were last week.”
The Australians will be without Jake King as he has been laid low with a knee injury. Liam Shiels is also a major doubt for the second test with a leg injury so coach Rodney Eade may call up Andrew Walker as cover.
Ireland manager Anthony Tohill was unsurprisingly delighted with how his team performed in the first test. He has had numerous injury worries for this encounter however, with Pearce Hanley, Joe McMahon and Emmett Bolton all missing training.
“Joe didn’t tear his calf but he tore a few fibres in the muscle early Friday night so he wasn’t able to play. The injury wasn’t as bad as was feared. He had a scan yesterday and it was pretty okay so both of them should be available to play.
“Pearce is fine. We just gave him a night off. He’s in good shape. He’d a good game the other night so we’ve no concerns about Pearce.”
Emmett Bolton is recovering well having suffered a knock to the head in the first test and should also feature.
“His whole neck area is stiff and sore, as you can imagine if you saw the collision. He has been sore for a few days, but it’s freeing up and he was up to a good three-quarter pace there this evening. It’s all looking positive and we expect him to be available.”
Ireland should have far too much for the Aussies in this second test, no matter who is missing through injury on the Irish side. The reality is the Australians are a young outfit containing only four players who have played the hybrid game before and the skills and nous required cannot be acquired within a number of weeks.
An Irish victory is inevitable here but the game will ultimately be the winner if this fixture passes by without major and unwanted incident.