Australia vs Ireland: AFL International Rules second Test live scores, blog

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    Australia vs Ireland

    AFL International Rules Series

    Domain Stadium
    Australia Ireland
    53 SCORE 50
    0 Goals 2
    15 Overs 10
    8 Behinds 8

    Match result:

    Geelong skipper Joel Selwood is facing a possible AFL suspension after being black carded during Australia’s 53-50 win over Ireland in Saturday night’s International Rules clash in Perth.

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    Final score
    Australia 0.15.8 (53)
    Ireland 2.10.8 (50)

    Match preview:

    The Aussies and the Irish will meet in Perth to settle the 2017 International Rules Series, with Australia holding a ten-point advantage coming into the match. Join The Roar for a live blog of the match at Domain Stadium on Saturday night, starting from 7:45pm AEDT.

    Australia got the series off to a good start last week at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, with a pair of goals – one from Nat Fyfe and one from Luke Shuey – making the difference between the two teams, as the AFL representatives came away with a ten-point win.

    Fyfe was clearly Australia’s best player on the day, his goal probably the most rousing moment of the match and he made a consistent impact both through the middle of the ground and on the scoreboard.

    Brendon Goddard was also prominent in the match as Australia’s new goalkeeper. Although he did let a goal through, his willingness to play in attacking style set up many of Australia’s attacking thrusts, even if it occasionally left him out of position when the ball came close to goal.

    The news was not so good for Scott Pendlebury and, on the opposite site of the teamsheet, Pearce Hanley, who both suffered hand injuries. Neither will play in this match and they are likely to have interrupted pre-seasons.

    For the visiting Irish team, Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Ulster’s Conor McManus had the biggest impact of the lot, regularly troubling the scoreboard.

    Ireland’s class up forward was key to keeping them in the game – unlike the Australians, they were able to convert most of their shots into overs, while the home side piled on the behinds.

    However while there’s a chance for them to recover some pride with a win in this game, if they’re going to make up the ten-point deficit that separates them from a series win, they’ll probably need to kick multiple goals.

    Join The Roar for a live blog of the match between Australia and Ireland at Domain Stadium on Saturday night, starting from 7:45pm AEDT.