Friday 17 November 2017

Game at a glance...

Man of the match: Tadhg Kennelly (Ireland); Chosen as Ireland's Man of the Series, he was solidity personified in both games. He put in a huge amount of work yesterday, as did Colm Begley, Kieran Donaghy, Pearce Hanley, Ciaran McKeever and Michael Murphy.

Turning point

Australia were still in contention when they trailed by six points in the second quarter, but Leighton Glynn's 32nd-minute goal gave Ireland major impetus, setting them on their way to an easy win.

Talking point

Australia's poor showing overall. Their final tally of 29 points was the lowest in Test history and taught them a lesson that they need to play more of their top stars if they are to be competitive.

Ref watch

David Coldrick and Ray Chamberlain expected a step up in aggression and were determined to curb it. Hence the spate of yellow cards -- five in all -- in the third quarter. It settled things down and the remainder of the game was incident-free.

What they said

Anthony Tohill (Irish manager):

"Our target before we came out here was to win the series two-nil; we did half the job last Friday night and finished it off tonight so we're very relieved and satisfied. Maybe we didn't play as well as last week and they played better, but it was still a 21-point win."

Rodney Eade

(Australian manager):

"I didn't think the score portrayed the difference between the teams. We put in a terrific effort -- it was just the skill level again. They had us there. We made some bad errors. They were able to take advantage every time they got an opportunity."

Match statistics

Frees: Ireland 17 (0); Australia 10 (6)

Wides: Ireland 5 (11); Australia 1 (5)

Yellow cards: Ireland 3 (M Murphy 34, F Hanley 48, C McKeever 52); Australia 3 (A Monfries 48, M Nicoski 50, R Gray 54)

Red cards: Ireland 0; Australia 0

Attendance: 12, 545

What next

Australia come to Ireland to resume the International Rules series in 2013.

Irish Independent

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