Ireland triumph to win series

Ireland triumph to win series

Ireland stormed to a 79-point victory over Australia to retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup after their International Rules Second Test at Croke Park on Saturday night.

The one-sided victory came after their 22-point win in Cavan last week.

Ireland won the series with an aggregate winning margin of 101, the highest in the history of the International Rules Series.

Ireland led 27-8 at the end of the first quarter after goals from Conor McManus and Jack McCaffrey.

Ciarán Kilkenny added a third goal at the start of the second quarter.

McManus increased Ireland's lead to 32 minutes before half-time.

Ireland led 53-16 at the break before Ciarán Sheehan and Michael Murphy landed further overs.

McManus then moved the side 71-19 ahead in the third quarter.

Ireland were 78 to 25 at the three-quarter mark before Paddy McBrearty hit their fifth goal.

Australia celebrated goals from Eddie Betts and Jake Neade but Ireland soon added a sixth thanks to Paul Conroy.

McManus finished the game as Ireland's top scorer with 24 points and was named the Player of the Series.


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