Donegal's Michael Murphy was one of the key players for Ireland in today's second test in the International Rules series.

Having lost the first test 63-53, the pressure was on the Irish to step up in this encounter in Perth.

But there was no joy this time either as the Aussie's came from behind to win a thrilling encounter by 53-50.

Murphy was on target a number of times as Ireland led the second test by 30-17 at half time.

At times tempers spilled over, as could be seen on RTE's coverage.

Conor McManus emerged as another key figure for the Irish in a combative second and third quarters.

Australia battled back and an over from the sideline taken by Luke Shuey put them ahead, 46-45, and they went on to win 53-50.

The starting Irish team was:  Morgan; Harrison, Cadogan, Powter, Sheehan, Tuohy, Barrett; Feely, O'Shea; Walsh, Hughes, Sludden, Geaney, Murphy, McManus.

Murphy scored the only goal for Ireland in the first test that saw them losing 63-53.

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