Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 28 March 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Brad Green (Australia)

Whatever the game, it's all about scoring. Green kicked 16 points (four 'overs' and four 'behinds'), more than twice as much as Ireland's top scorers. Colm Begley was selected as Ireland's man of the series, with Dane Swan taking the overall Australian honour.

Turning point

An Australian 'behind' (one point) four minutes from the end. Ireland had out-scored Australia 14-0 in the final quarter and were high on momentum, but Australia broke it and scored seven points in the closing minutes.

Talking point

Why did it take Ireland so long to get going? As in Limerick a week earlier, they were at their best in the final quarter, having been out-played up to then.

Ref watch

An easy night for Pat McEnaney and Brett Rosebury. The tackling was more intense than in the first Test but had no malicious intent. The series has settled down after the violent madness of 2005-06.

What they said

Anthony Tohill (Ireland manager):

"Our lads gave everything out there. They came from a long way back to lead, but just came up short in the end. It's disappointing to come away with nothing after putting in such a great effort but that's life, that's football."

Dane Swan (Australia's man of the series):

"They (Ireland) stormed home hard. In our game, it's probably a bit easier to stop momentum. Luckily, we stopped their momentum with an 'over', which was very important because they were going really well in that final quarter."

What next?

Ireland travel to Australia next October for two Tests.

Scores

Ireland

Scores G O B Total

1st quarter 0 2 3 9

2nd quarter 0 2 2 8

3rd quarter 1 4 3 21

4th quarter 0 3 5 14

Total 1 11 13 52

Australia

Scores G O B Total

1st quarter 0 4 4 16

2nd quarter 0 3 3 12

3rd quarter 0 5 5 20

4th quarter 0 2 1 7

Total 0 14 13 55

G: Goal (6pts), O: Over (3pts), B: Behind (1pt).

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