Ireland easily overcome Australia to win first test

first_imgYet while Ireland looked to be struggling in the fitness stakes, they had retained a strong burst for the finish.Ciaran Sheehan, Colm Boyle and Conor McManus all hit overs while McLoughlin netted in the 69th minute.It all means Ireland will take a handsome 22-point lead into the decisive test though the down side was a serious injury to Aidan Walsh. Cork’s ace midfielder and talented hurler left the field late on clutching his left knee.Ireland: Paddy O’Rourke; N McGee, F Hanley, C McKaigue; L Keegan, Z Tuohy (6), J McCaffrey (1); A Walsh, S Cavanagh (3); P Flynn (3), C Byrne (4), C Sheehan (4); P McBrearty, M Murphy (7), R Munnelly (9).Interchange: C Begley (3), C Boyle (3), P Conroy, C Kilkenny, K McLoughlin (6), C McManus (5, A O’Shea (3), M Shields.Australia: A McGrath; J Harbrow, S Yarran, T Armstrong; C Ellis-Yolmen, Aaron Davey (1), N Lovett-Murphy; D Wells (1), L Franklin (6); S Motlop (8), L Thomas, Lewis Jetta (3); E Betts, M Stokes (3), J Hill.Interchange: Leroy Jetta (3), S Wellingham, S Edwards, Alwyn Davey (3), J Neade (6), D Barry (1).Referees: M Deegan (Ireland), M Stevic (Australia).As it happened: Ireland v Australia, International Rules>No holds barred: the explosive 2006 tests that changed the future of International Rules> Ireland 57 (2-12-9)Australia 35 (1-7-8)KEVIN MCLOUGHLIN SHOOK off his All-Ireland final heartache to net a crucial late goal that puts Ireland in pole position in the International Rules series.The Mayo forward pounced after two Australian players had failed to catch a high ball in by captain Michael Murphy.And it was a crucial score as Paul Earley’s side had watched the visitors roar back into the series with a third quarter burst.Ireland led 28-9 at half-time thanks to some fine early kicking from Murphy and Laois ace Ross Munnelly.But 18 points in what the Aussies term the ‘championship quarter’ left Ireland just 39-27 clear approaching the final period.Things were looking decidedly shaky when Australia reduced their arrears to eight points at one stage.last_img

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