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Paul Earley hails Ireland's ruthless streak against Australia

Updated: Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 21:04 | Comments

Michael Murphy and Aidan Walsh lift the Cormac McAnallen Cup
Michael Murphy and Aidan Walsh lift the Cormac McAnallen Cup

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Ireland manager Paul Earley praised the professional manner of his side after their record-breaking International Rules Test win over Australia.

The home side retained the Cormac McAnallen Cup courtesy of a 116-37 win in Croke Park.

Coming into Saturday’s game, Earley’s men already held a 22-point advantage from the first Test and the result was never in doubt after goals from Conor McManus and Jack McCaffrey gave Ireland a 27-8 first-quarter lead.

The former Roscommon player told RTÉ Sport: “[I’m] absolutely proud of the players. They are an incredible bunch of lads. They wanted to win, they wanted to win badly.

“They wanted to win each quarter and when the records were in sight they wanted to break the records as well and that shows just how professional they are in everything except payment and true professionals will work to the end.

“When they were 20 points ahead they want to go 40 points ahead.”

“They wanted to win each quarter and when the records were in sight they wanted to break the records as well" - Paul Earley

Asked about the strength of the Australian side, who had sent an all indigenous side to represent the AFL for the first time, Earley said: “I’m not sure about the quality of the opposition. We can only work on our team and our team’s strengths.

"I think no matter what Australia would have out there today, they would have struggled to beat our lads.

“They were so focused and they played such high quality of football.

"We can’t control what the Australians do; we can only control what we do on the football pitch and how we prepare.

“I think the lads put in a phenomenal performance.”

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