Monday 26 June 2017

Tough tackling Ireland refuse to compromise in first test Down Under

Australia 36-80 Ireland

Ireland manager Anthony Tohill speaks with assistant Kieran McGeeney during today's game. Photo: Getty Images
Ireland manager Anthony Tohill speaks with assistant Kieran McGeeney during today's game. Photo: Getty Images

IRELAND beat Australia comprehensively in the first Compromise Rules test in Melbourne today.

Goals from Michael Murphy, Eamon Callaghan, Leighton Glynn and Steven McDonnell helped the Irish to an almost unassailable lead ahead of next week's second encounter.



Tadhg Kennelly, Tommy Walsh and Zac Tuohy – all Australia based - controlled the game and the inexperienced home side had no reply.



They tackled hard and took the game to the home side early on.



The second test is in Queensland next week.



Ireland: Goals 4; Overs 17; Behinds 5

Australia: Goals 1; Overs 8; Behinds 6



1st quarter score: Aus 4-22 Irl

Half-time score: Aus 20-44 Irl

3rd quarter score: Aus 26-59 Irl

Full-time score: Aus 36-80 Irl



Breakdown.

1st quarter: Aus 4-22 Irl

2nd quarter: Aus 16-22 Irl

3rd quarter: Aus 6-15 Irl

4th quarter: Aus 10-21 Irl



Ireland:

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Ciarán McKeever (Armagh), Finian Hanley (1 behind) (Galway), Neil McGee (Donegal), Kevin McKernan (2 overs, 1 behind) (Down), Pearse Hanley (Mayo/Brisbane Lions), Colm Begley (Laois), Zach Touhy (1 behind) (Laois/Carlton), Tadhg Kennelly (1 over) (Kerry/Sydney Swans), Leighton Glynn (1 goal, 2 overs) (Wicklow), Tommy Walsh (3 overs) (Kerry/St Kilda), Joe McMahon (Tyrone), Michael Murphy (1 goal, 2 overs)(Donegal), Kieran Donaghy (2 overs, 2 behinds) (Kerry), Steven McDonnell (1 goal, 4 overs) (Armagh).



Replacements: Brendan Murphy (Carlow), Kevin Reilly (Meath), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Aidan Walsh (1 over) (Cork), Patrick Kelly (Cork), Eamon Callaghan (1 goal) (Kildare), Emmet Bolton (Kildare).

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