Senior Hurling / Shinty International 1st Test – Ireland 4-12 Scotland 2-12

Ireland defeated Scotland by 4-12 to 2-12 in the first test of the Senior Hurling / Shinty International on Saturday October 26th at 4:15pm in Croke Park.

Ireland 4-12 Scotland 2-12

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Ireland came out on top in the first Hurling/Shinty International Test at Croke Park, winning 4-12 to 2-12. The home side had first half goals from Cahir Healy, Graham Mulcahy, Jack Kavanagh and Neil McManus, with Liam McDonald and Finlay MacRae hitting the net for Scotland. The home side led by 4-05 to 2-03 at half-time, before Scotland responded with scores from MacRae, McDonald and Kevin Bartlett. Ireland secured the win, thanks to points from Danny Cullen, Mulcahy, Gareth Johnston and Darragh O’Connell.

An entertaining contest kept the small crowd interested right to the end, and while some of the Scottish challenges were on the crude side, no serious injuries were sustained and the contest was never in danger of getting out of hand. Patrick Maher carved the opening for Cahir Healy to drill home Ireland’s opening goal in the second minute, and they hit the net again on five minutes when Graham Mulcahy finished superbly after picking up John Barr’s sloppy clearance. When Neil McManus knocked over a free, the home side appeared to be in complete control, but their Celtic cousins found some momentum, and grew in confidence once Liam McDonald intercepted goalkeeper Bernard Rochford’s clearance to smash home a goal. Kevin Bartlett’s sweetly struck free from the ground earned the Scottish side two points, and they went level in the 23rd minute when Finlay MacRae hit the net, after Kerry’s Rochford had made two excellent saves.

But Ireland regained control in the closing stages of the half, hitting the next six scores, including two goals. McManus scrambled the ball home after the Scotland defence had failed to clear, and in the 32nd minute, Carlow’s Jack Kavanagh fired in his side’s fourth goal. Scotland went 17 minutes without scoring, until McDonald steered over an excellent point, and it was Ireland who led by 4-05 to 2-03 at the interval.

Scotland’s placed-ball striking earned them bonus points from Bartlett and Shaun Nicholson, who arrowed a superb long range effort between the posts at the Hill 16 end, but the Irish protected their lead with two Darragh O’Connell scores and an Eoin Price effort. They almost had a fifth goal when Mulcahy intercepted Donald Irvine’s clearance and fired in a shot which was superbly saved by Stuart Mackintosh. But Scotland had another spell of strong pressure, and Liam McDonald saw a free come back off the crossbar, while Glen Mackintosh had a searing shot saved by Ireland’s sub goalkeeper Eoin Reilly. And the Scottish side finished strongly with scores from Mackintosh and Steve McDonald to set themselves up nicely for the return Test at Bught Park, Inverness next Saturday.

Ireland: B Rochford, D English, A Graffin, C Healy (01-00), G Johnston (00-01), B Maher, P Maher, N McManus (01-04, 0-4f), J Kavanagh (01-01), D O’Connell (00-02), S O’Neill, E Price (00-02), C Woods, G Mulcahy (01-01).

Subs: K McKiernan for Kavanagh, D McNicholas for O’Neill, P Divilly for Graffin, D Cullen (00-01)for Mulcahy, Kavanagh for Divilly, E Reilly for Rochford.

Scotland: S Mackintosh, N Campbell, D Irvine, J Barr, D Cameron, S McDonald (00-01), J Hutchinson, S Nicholson (00-02, 2f), F Macrae (01-02 (0-02f), G Mackintosh (00-01), F Mackintosh, K Bartlett (00-04, 4f), L McDonald (01-01), C McCormack.

Subs: C Cruden for Hutchinson, J Macrae (00-01) for S McDonald, K Macrae for Hutchinson, L Bain for F Mackintosh.

GAA Press Release

22.10.13

Hurling/Shinty International Series

The first test of the 2013 Senior Hurling/Shinty International Series involving Ireland and Scotland will take place this Saturday, October 26 at 4.15pm in Croke Park. This match will be a curtain raiser to the second Irish Daily Mail International Rules test between Ireland and Australia which gets underway at 7pm. The Hurling/Shinty series is played on a home and away basis and the return game will be played in Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday, November 2.

The Irish Hurling/Shinty senior team will be managed this year by John Meyler (Cork) and Michael Walshe (Kilkenny) once again. Tickets, €25 for Adults and €5 for U16’s, for the upcoming doubleheader in Croke Park can be purchased online at gaa.ie/tickets, Tickets.ie outlets and from Centra and SuperValu stores.

The Irish panel for this coming Saturday is as follows –

Senior Hurling/Shinty International Team 2013

1. BERNARD ROCHFORD (Kerry)

2. DANNY CULLEN (Donegal)

3. PAUL DIVILLY (Kildare)

4. DAVID ENGLISH (Carlow)

5. ARRON GRAFFIN (Antrim)

6. CAHIR HEALY (Laois)

7. RICHIE HOGAN (Kilkenny)

8. GARETH JOHNSON (Down)

9. JACK KAVANAGH (Carlow)

10. BRENDAN MAHER (Tipperary)

11. PATRICK MAHER (Tipperary

12. KIERAN McKIERNAN (Armagh)

13. NEIL McMANUS (CAPT.) (Antrim)

14. DEREK McNICHOLAS (Westmeath)

15. DARRAGH O’CONNELL (Kerry)

16. EOIN REILLY (Laois)

17. SHANE O’NEILL (Cork)

18. EOIN PRICE (Westmeath)

19. CONOR WOODS (Down)

International Rules 2nd Test – Ireland 116 Australia 37

Ireland defeated Australia by 116 to 37 in the International Rules 2nd Test on Saturday October 26th at Croke Park. Ireland won an aggregate by 173 to 72.

International Rules Second Test: Ireland 116 (6-22-14) Australia 37 (2-7-4)

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Ireland stormed to a record 79-point victory over Australia to retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup after a one-sided second Test at Croke Park on Saturday night. After their 22-point win in Cavan last week, Ireland took the series with an aggregate winning margin of 101, which is the highest in the 29-year history of the International Rules Series. Ireland led 27-8 at the end of the first quarter after goals from Conor McManus, who finished the game as Ireland’s top scorer with 24 points, fisted to the back of the net. McManus set up Ireland’s second seven minutes later, hand passing neatly for Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey to finish past Ash McGrath, the visitors’ goalkeeper.

When Ciarán Kilkenny – after some super soccer skills from Seán Cavanagh – added a third goal at the start of the second quarter, the game was as good as over as a contest. When McManus, the Player of the Series, chipped in with a fine over to increase Ireland’s lead to 32 minutes before half-time, Ireland had both hands on the Cormac McAnallen Cup. Ireland led 53-16 at the break, and the intensity, increased tackle count and desire the Aussies had promised was nowhere to be seen. Ireland simply had far too many excellent footballers and for long periods the All-Indigenous visitors couldn’t lay a glove on them. After the impressive Ciarán Sheehan and Michael Murphy landed further overs, McManus moved Ireland 71-19 ahead in the third quarter when he finished after good work from Carlton-bound Louth native Ciarán Byrne.

Ireland were 78 to 25 to the good at the three-quarter mark, but were 65 ahead soon after the resumption of play when Paddy McBrearty hit their fifth goal. In fairness, Australia restored some pride with goals from Eddie Betts and Jake Neade, but Ireland added a sixth right at the end when Paul Conroy’s effort evaded Australian goalkeeper McGrath and snuck in at the far post. The 79-point winning margin easily eclipsed the previous best (44), which Ireland recorded in the first Test in 2011.

Ireland scorers: C McManus 24 (2-4-0); R Munnelly 13 (0-4-1) ; M Murphy 12 (0-4-0); P McBrearty 10 (1-1-1); C Sheehan 10 (0-3-1); C Kilkenny 9 (1-1-0); L Keegan 8 (0-2-2); P Conroy 7 (1-0-1); J McCaffrey 6 (1-0-0); P Flynn 5 (0-1-2); S Cavanagh 4 (0-1-1); C McKaigue 3 (0-1-0); J Doyle 2 (0-0-2); Aidan Walsh 1 (0-0-1); Colm Begley 1 (0-0-1); M Shields 1 (0-0-1).

Australia Scorers: E Betts 12 (1-2-0), J Neade 6 (1-0-0), J Hill 4 (0-1-1), L Thomas 3 (0-1-0), L Jetta 3 (0-1-0), Alwyn Davey 3 (0-1-0), S Wellingham 3 (0-1-0), J Harbrow 1 (0-0-1), M Stokes 1 (0-0-1).

Ireland: Michael Murphy (Donegal, Capt.), Aidan Walsh, (Cork, Vice-Capt.), Paddy O’ Rourke (Meath), Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Ciarán Byrne (Carlton, AFL), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Paul Conroy (Galway), Paul Flynn (Dublin), Ciarán McKeever (Armagh), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin), Paddy McBrearty (Donegal), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan), Ross Munnelly (Laois), John Doyle (Kildare), Ciarán Sheehan (Cork), Michael Shields (Cork), Zach Tuohy (Carlton, AFL).

Australia: Tony Armstrong (Sydney Swans), Dominic Barry (Melbourne), Eddie Betts (Carlton), Aaron Davey (Melbourne), Alwyn Davey (Essendon), Shaun Edwards (GWS), Jarod Harbrow (Gold Coast), Cameron Ellis-Yolmen (Adelaide), Josh Hill (West Coast), Leroy Jetta (Essendon), Lewis Jetta (Sydney Swans), Nathan Lovett-Murray (Essendon), Ash McGrath (Brisbane), Jake Neade (Port Adelaide), Steven Motlop (Geelong), Sharrod Wellingham (West Coast), Daniel Wells (North Melbourne), Chris Yarran (Carlton), Mathew Stokes (Geelong), Lindsay Thomas (North Melbourne).

Referees: Maurice Deegan (Ireland), Matt Stevic (Australia)

Attendance: 28,525