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Setanta scores on AFL debut

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:50

Setanta Ó hAilpín's first touch in the AFL was to score a goal
Setanta Ó hAilpín's first touch in the AFL was to score a goal

While his former Cork team-mates continue their build-up to their Munster Championship opener against Waterford in two weeks time, Setanta Ó hAilpín made his long-awaited AFL debut for the Carlton Blues today. 

Even though Ó hAilpín's Melbourne outfit crashed to a 151-66 Premiership loss at the hands of Richmond, the 22-year-old impressed by scoring a goal with his first touch in senior Aussie Rules football. 

Watched by an MCG attendance of 52,235, Ó hAilpín was following in the footsteps of previous Irish recruits Jim Stynes, Sean Wight, Tadhg Kennelly, Brian Stynes, Paul Earley and Dermott McNichol, and goaled from 40 metres out. 

Together with Ian Prendergast, Sydney-born Ó hAilpín was a late call-up to the Carlton side due to the withdrawals of Callum Chambers (knee) and Andrew Carrazzo (torn calf muscle). 

He had been due to line out with the Blues VFL affiliate side the Northern Bullants, for whom he has bagged 10 goals in five games this season. 

Having linked up with Carlton in November 2003, Ó hAilpín was taken off the club's rookie list earlier this week.