Monday 24 November 2014

Series looks doomed after Ireland annihilate hapless Aussies

Published 26/10/2013 | 21:24

26 October 2013; Paddy McBrearty, Ireland, celebrates with team-mate Ross Munnelly after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Paddy McBrearty, Ireland, celebrates with team-mate Ross Munnelly after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Ciaran McKeever, Ireland, in action against Daniel Wells
26 October 2013; Dejected Australia players after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Eddie Betts, Australia, scores a goal past against Paddy O Rourke , Ireland. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Paddy McBrearty, Ireland, celebrates with team-mate Ross Munnelly after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland players, from left, Lee Keegan, Kevin McLoughlin and Colm Boyle celebrate following their side's victory. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland captain Michael Murphy, left, and Aidan Walsh lift the Cormac McAnallen cup. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Leroy Jetta, Australia, is tackled by Zach Tuohy, Ireland. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland players, from left, Ross Munnelly, Zach Tuohy and Colm Begley celebrate after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland's Ross Munnelly, left, and Ciaran Byrne celebrate following their side's victory. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Selector, Tony Scullion and Ciaran McKeever, Ireland, celebrate after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland players and management celebrate with the Cormac McAnallen cup after the match. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland players and management celebrate with the Cormac McAnallen cup after the match. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland's Ross Munnelly and Colm Begley, left, celebrate following their side's victory. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland captain Michael Murphy, left, and Aidan Walsh lift the Cormac McAnallen cup. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill presents the Ireland captain Michael Murphy, left, and Aidan Walsh lift the Cormac McAnallen cup. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Australia players watch the presentation of the Cormac McAnallen cup to the Ireland team after the game. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Zach Tuohy, Ireland, in action against Lewis Jetta, Australia. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland's Michael Murphy, left, and Aidan Walsh lift the cup. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Eddie Betts, Australia, in action against Michael Shields, Ireland. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Michael Shields, Ireland, celebrates following his side's victory. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Zach Tuohy, right, Ireland, and team-mate John Doyle go for a high ball ahead of Daniel Wells, and Aaron Davey, left, Australia. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ireland manager Paul Earley celebrates on the final whistle. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Michael Murphy, Ireland, celebrates following his side's victory. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ciaran Kilkenny, Ireland, beats Australia's Tony Armstrong and goalkeeper Steven Motlop to score his side's third goal. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Ciaran Kilkenny, Ireland, beats Australia's Tony Armstrong and goalkeeper Steven Motlop to score his side's third goal. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Jack McCaffrey, Ireland, is congratulated by team captain Sean Cavanagh after scored his side's second goal. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2013; Supporters watch the game from the Cusack Stand. International Rules Second Test, Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ireland recorded a record score to humiliate Australia in the second international rules test in Croke Park before the lowest Irish crowd since the series was reignited in 1998.

The 28,525 crowd witnessed a rout with 79 point difference the biggest ever winning margin in the 38 games played under these rules since 1984.

Their final tally surpassed the 100 points scored by Australia in the first test in Perth in 2005 but rather than it being a milestone of some distinction the ease of the victory merely plunged the whole concept into further doubt.

The visitors promised improvement and there were flickers of urgency in the Australian game before the first ball was thrown in when players squared up to each other in confrontational fashion. At least they seemed keener this time.

But any hope of an Australian surge after falling behind in the first test by 57-35 faded as Ireland picked up from where they left off in Cavan by building an impressive 30-8 lead at the end of the first quarter with Conor McManus's first goal from a clever Michael Murphy break off a Ciaran McKeever delivery the crucial score.

With the series firmly out of sight the Australian indigenous team gave little chase and when Ciaran Kilkenny goaled with a first touch after Sean Cavanagh had squared a delivery to him along the ground they led by 42-16.

As inept as the visitors were the Irish players still showcased their skills impressively.

Captain Murphy ran the show up front with McManus also showing some great touches while Ciaran Sheehan converted some superb overs.

Aidan Walsh, Paul Flynn, Michael Shields and Zac Tuohy ensured Ireland never relented further outfield on the way to a record breaking final tally.

By the interval Ireland were 53-16 clear and with McManus adding another goal after great approach work from Murphy and Louth teenager Ciaran Byrne the embarrassment was heaped on the ragged Australians.

With the record in sight Ireland finished the third quarter 78-25 clear and when Paddy McBrearty fired home a cracking goal two minutes into the final quarter Ireland had broken the 90 point mark.

Australia salvaged something five minutes later when Eddie Betts bundled over their first goal which was quickly followed by a second from Jake Neade  but Ireland got a sixth goal when Paul Conroy's pass to Murphy evaded everyone and found the Australian net.

Colm Keys in Croke Park

Scorers - Ireland: C McManus 24 (2-2-0), 12 M Murphy 0-4-0, 11 P McBrearty (1-1-2), L Keegan (0-3-2), 10 R Munnelly (0-3-1), C Sheehan (0-3-1), 9 C Kilkenny (1-1-0), 7 P Conroy  (1-0-1), 6 J McCaffrey (1-0-0), 5 P Flynn (0-1-2), 4 S Cavanagh (0-1-1),  3 C McKaigue (0-1-0), 1 C Begley, A Walsh, M Shields, J Doyle.

Australia: 9 E Betts (1-1-0), 7 J Neade (1-1-0), 6 Lewis Jetta (0-2-0), 4 J Hill (0-1-1), 3 S Wellingham (0-1-0), Alwyn Davey (0-1-0), L Thomas (0-1-0), 1 J Harbrow, M Stokes.

Ireland: P O'Rourke; N Mcgee, M Shields, C McKaigue;  L Keegan, Z Tuohy, J McCaffrey; A Walsh, S Cavanagh;  P Flynn,  C Byrne,  C Sheehan; R Munnelly, M Murphy, C McManus. Interchange: P Conroy, C McKeever, C Boyle, C Begley, J Doyle, K McLoughlin, P McBrearty, C Kilkenny.

Australia: A McGrath;  J Harbrow, C Yarran, T Armstrong; S Wellingham, S Edwards, N Lovett-Murray;  C Ellis-Yolmen, D Wells;  M Stokes, S Motlop, Aaron Davey;  J Neade, Lewis Jetta, E Betts. Interchange - Leroy Jetta, L Thomas, Alwyn Davey, J Hill, D Barry

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