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Game at a glance

Man of the match

Adam Goodes (Australia)

The Aussie captain produced an excellent performance, kicking four 'overs'. The 6'4" Sydney Swan was the ideal target man in front of the Irish goal.

Turning point

None. Australia were the better side for all but the last five minutes, when Ireland rallied and scored 11 points to keep the series alive.

Talking point

Australia's kicking superiority. The visitors won the 'overs' battle (points in Gaelic football) 14-8, which was quite a dominance for players who are unaccustomed to the round ball.

Ref watch

An easy night for David Coldrick and Brett Rosebury. The game was played in a very sporting manner, unlike some of its predecessors.

What they said

Anthony Tohill (Ireland manager):

"We made a lot more mistakes than we would have liked. We seemed to be very nervous and Australia made it very difficult but, in the end, our lads showed what they can do."

Mick Malthouse (Australia manager):

"The practice match on Wednesday was a great help to us. It gave our game momentum and also gave us an illustration of things we did right and also things we did wrong. It was a terrific victory."

What next?

Australia take a seven-point lead into the second Test in Croke Park next Saturday night. The series will be decided by the aggregate score.


Ireland: G O B Total

1st Q 0 2 3 9

2nd Q 0 1 4 7

3rd Q 0 2 0 6

4th Q 1 3 3 18

Total 1 8 10 40

Australia: G O B Total

1st Q 0 4 0 12

2nd Q 0 3 0 9

3rd Q 0 3 2 11

4th Q 0 4 3 15

Total 0 14 5 47

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

Attendance: 30,117

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