Donegal's Patrick McBrearty was taken to hospital last night after he sustained suspected kidney damage during Ireland's International Rules win in Croke Park.
McBrearty collided with the goal post during the second quarter on the Hill 16 end of the pitch as he parried the ball into the net. After making a dash to the goal, an incoming pass finds McBrearty on the edge of the square and based on the footbage, it seems McBrearty's momentum sent him crashing into the post.
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Referee Joe McQuillan disallowed the goal and instead awarded a penalty to Ireland which Monaghan's Conor McManus duly dispatched to give Ireland a 40-22 lead. McBrearty was substituted and was later transferred to hospital before the end of the game. Speaking to the Donegal Sport Hub, Ireland manager Joe Kernan revealed the extent of McBrearty's injury.
'Paddy is away to hospital and we hope he is ok. He’s just away to get checked. I think it’s his kidney. Two parts of him hit the post. Things happen in matches, but we hope Paddy is ok. The game the way it was played tonight, compared to the way it was played years ago – I think it was first class.It was competitive, it was fast, it was exciting, it was nerve-wracking and thank God there was no extra-time.'
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After taking a 20 point lead into the dressing rooms at half-time, Ireland failed to relaunch themselves in the second half as Australia gradually clawed their way back into the game.
Man of the Match Bernard Brogan chipped in with a behind just just before the end to secure a four point victory and the Cormac McAnallen trophy for the hosts.