IRS FT: Ireland run out comfortable winners
04 November 2011
Tempers flare in the IRS second test at the Metricon Stadium ©INPHO/James Crombie
Ireland 50 (1-13-5)
Australia 29 (0-7-8)
Ireland got their hands on the Cormac McAnallen trophy after a comfortable victory over a limited Australian side in front of just 12,545 spectators.
In a much more physical second test, Australia started with a conviction not seen from them in the opening game.
Both sides were off target early on but two overs put the home side into a surprise 8-1 lead, with Ireland struggling to handle the hard hitting from the men in black.
Kieran Donaghy stopped the rot for Ireland with a brilliant mark and over Steven McDonnell, with an amazing effort from near the sideline, narrowed the gap. The Armagh ace was the fulcrum of the Irish attack and his second over had Ireland in a 12-8 end of first quarter lead.
Joe McMahon and Brad Green exchanged overs at the start of the second quarter before Michael Murphy and McDonnell put Ireland into a commanding 21-12 lead.
Australia were winning plenty of possession at this stage but as in Melbourne, their accuracy in front of goals let them down badly.
Australia needed a goal to get back in contention but it was Ireland who grabbed the first six-pointer when Leighton Glynn fired to the net. McDonnell found the Wicklow man unmarked in front of the posts and Glynn, after a little shimmy, slid the ball to the net to make the score 28-19.
The sides exchanged overs, with Tommy Walsh brilliantly scoring on the run before Tadhg Kennelly landed the last over of the half to put Ireland 34 (1-8-4) - 23 (0-6-5) at the interval.
Overs from Tommy Walsh and Kieran Donaghy stretched the Ireland lead to 40-23 at the start of the third quarter. Finian Hanley and Angus Monfries were then put into the sin bin for an incident, with the Galway man on the receiving end of a few haymakers.
Brad Green's behind was the first Australian only point of the quarter as the rate of scoring dropped to a trickle. Kieran McKeever was then sin binned for a harmless looking shoulder, but Australia could make little headway as the end of quarter buzzer blew at 41-24.
The pace of the game had completely died by the time the fourth quarter got underway. Michael Murphy landed an over to put his side 44-24 ahead before Walsh was on target from an easy free.
Kildare's Eamon Callaghan made it a double scores game , 50-25, with a neat over from the right wing.
Ben McGlynn responded with an over for Australia but the game petered out with Ireland ahead by 21 points at the end, as Australia scored the lowest tally in the history of a test and also fell to a record aggregate loss.