Thursday 21 September 2017

Easy win wraps up Compromise series for Ireland

Australia 29-50 Ireland (Agg: 65-130)

Ciaran McKeever (L) and Steve McDonnell of Ireland celebrate winning the Cormac McAnallen Perpectual Trophy in the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland. Photo: Getty Images
Ciaran McKeever (L) and Steve McDonnell of Ireland celebrate winning the Cormac McAnallen Perpectual Trophy in the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland. Photo: Getty Images
Emmet Bolton in action for Ireland. Photo: Getty Images
The Ireland squad celebrate their win. Photo: Getty Images

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IRELAND won the Compromise Rules series with an easy 21-point victory over Australia at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

They won all four quarters and their 44-point lead from the first test was never under threat.



Leighton Glynn scored the only goal of the game in the second quarter and Stephen McDonnell and Tommy Walsh chipped in with three ‘overs’ each.



The game never had much fluency, but there was plenty of niggle with six player sin-binned.



Even before the first hooter Australia wanted to show that they meant businsss



When the play started it was the home side which got into gear first, moving into an 8-1 lead by the 10th minute.



But their advantage was short lived.



Kieran Donaghy fielded a high ball in front of the posts and got Ireland's first over in the 12th minute.



After that Ireland began to exert their grip on the game and never looked back.



A margin of 65 points over the two games shows how unbalanced this Compromise series was and it puts the future of the contest in jeopardy.



Ireland: Goals 1; Overs 13; Behinds 5

Australia: Goals 0; Overs 7; Behinds 8

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