The glow of last night’s Republic of Ireland record 11-0 win over Georgia continues this afternoon with news that the television broadcast also set a record audience to RTÉ2 for an Irish Women’s international.

An average of 209,000 viewers were tuned-in while the game had a share of 18 per cent of those watching TV at the time.

Numbers peaked at 340,000 towards the end of the game, when there were still plenty of goals to be enjoyed.

There were an additional 10,100 streams on the RTÉ Player.

Vera Pauw’s side are back in World Cup qualifying action in April with a trip to take on group leaders Sweden and make their Tallaght Stadium return against Finland next September 1st, games which will also be shown live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

“On a historic night on the pitch the audience at home showed yet again the desire to see this group progress to an even bigger stage,” said RTÉ Head of Sport Declan McBennett.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase such sporting professionals and positive role models to all age groups and look forward to the Sweden game in April.”

There was another classy moment to celebrate as well with Eoin Noonan of Sportsfile in the right place at the right time to capture the picture above of his younger sister scoring her first international goal.

That’s one for a super size print in the family home.

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