Our headline previewing last night’s Republic of Ireland match against Georgia at Tallaght Stadium said “In Search of Goals to Maintain Momentum.”

Little could we have imagined how that call would be answered.

A hat trick for Denise O’Sullivan, two and a Player of the Match performance from Katie McCabe, as well as goals from Kyra Carusa, Amber Barrett, Megan Connolly, Lucy Quinn, Diane Caldwell and an own goal, saw a new record set for the team in international competition.

Georgia are a weak side at this level but had only conceded two, three, and four goals against Slovakia, Finland and Sweden in previous group matches.

It leaves the team in second place in the Group A table of World Cup Qualifying, one point ahead of Finland and three ahead of Slovakia in the race for a Play-off place as runner up to runaway group leaders Sweden.

Ireland’s remaining games are away to Sweden on April 12th, away to Georgia on June 27th, home to Finland on September 1st and away to Slovakia on September 6th.

Finland has a similar lineup of opponents in the second half of qualifying.

Ireland will still be in the hunt, and hopefully in the box seat when Finland come to Tallaght next autumn. Mark the date in your calendars now.

Last night’s win crowned an incredible week for football on the island of Ireland with Northern Ireland securing 9-0 and 11-0 wins home and away to North Macedonia in their group where they also lie second behind England.

There are those who will point to these lopsided scorelines as indicative of an uncompetitive core to the Women’s game but there have always been teams at an early stage of development and that does not mean they will always be on the receiving end of such defeats.

Germany beat Liechtenstein 9-0 in the Men’s World Cup qualifying last month having only won 2-0 against the same opposition in September.

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 The rain which tumbled down before kick-off was never going to dapen the spirits of those fans who gathered in Tallaght to witness a very special night for the Republic of Ireland Women’s team. As each goal went in the sense of joy and belief grew in the young faces watching on and hoping that one day it will be them.

 

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