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30 Nov 2021 19:00

Republic of Ireland 11 - 0 Georgia

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REPORT | WNT 11-0 Georgia

History was made in Tallaght Stadium as the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team recorded their biggest ever win by beating Georgia 11-0 in front of 3,523 spectators.
30th Nov 2021

After coming away with a draw in their last game against Slovakia, Vera Pauw’s team knew that a positive result was necessary with the manager calling it a “must-win” game. Not only did the Girls in Green come away with the victory, they also became record-breakers by scoring the most number of goals for any Irish team (Men’s or Women’s) in a competitive fixture.

The Tallaght Stadium record was a 9-0 win against Montenegro where both Katie McCabe and Denise O’Sullivan came on from the bench.

A few changes from the last Ireland line up saw Kyra Carusa and Ruesha Littlejohn coming back into the starting eleven after impressive performances coming off the bench against Slovakia. The experienced Diane Caldwell started in defence alongside Jess Ziu who got her first senior start in the green jersey.

The Girls in Green started the game as they meant to go on, taking control with precision passing and constantly switching the play. The first goal came in the fourth minute when McCabe whipped a dangerous ball in from the left hand side with Kyra Carusa almost getting a touch on it, but the ball came off the Georgian defender and into her own goal.

Carusa deservedly got her goal in the 21st minute after a lovely McCabe corner was headed on by Louise Quinn and Carusa managed to get on the end of it. Both Lucy Quinn and Denise O’Sullivan got on the scoresheet before the first half came to an end to give Ireland a well-deserved comfortable lead.

The second half was no different to the first, Ireland continued to dominate in all areas of the pitch and the goal tally continued with a beautiful Denise O’Sullivan strike into the top left corner in the 58th minute. O’Sullivan finished off her hat trick soon after with a fantastic header from another classic Katie McCabe delivery.

Captain and Player of the Match McCabe finally got on the scoresheet in the 70th minute after the ball was handled in the box by Maiko Bebia who got her second yellow. Ireland were awarded a penalty which McCabe coolly struck home. McCabe got her second of the game soon after and the goals continued with Saoirse Noonan scoring her first senior goal. Amber Barrett and Megan Connolly both got on the scoresheet late on in an unforgettable night in Tallaght Stadium.

A remarkable win for the Girls in Green and a fantastic way to finish 2021. Their next World Cup Qualifier is away to Sweden on April 12th, 2022.

Republic of Ireland: Brosnan; Caldwell, Louise Quinn, Fahey, Ziu (Barrett 75); Connolly, Littlejohn (Grant 67); McCabe, O’Sullivan, Lucy Quinn (McLaughlin 67); Carusa (Noonan 75).

Georgia: Sukhashvili; Kalandadze, Sutidze, Tatuashvili, Khaburdzania (Bolkvadze 46); Pasikashvili (Dzadzua 41), Tsotseria (Chkhartishvili 64), Danelia, Bebia, Cheminava (Janikashvili 81); Tchkonia.

Referee: Jurgita Macikunyte (Lithuania).

PREVIEW | WNT v Georgia

The Republic of Ireland Women's National Team take on Georgia for the first time as they continue in their 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign.
29th Nov 2021

Over 4,000 tickets have been sold for the Tallaght Stadium encounter as Vera Pauw's team aim to pick up their second win in Group A.

Heather Payne has returned to Florida State University for exams, but all other players are fit and available for selection.
Republic of Ireland Manager Vera Pauw
"We are clear about it, this is a must-win game for us if we are to qualify for the World Cup. We have prepared well and we are ready for this game, but we know that we must take the three points.

"As we expected when the draw for Group A was made, there are no easy games. In fact, we believe this to be the most difficult group of all with both Slovakia and Georgia being a lot stronger than they are given credit for. And, of course, we have the top two seeds in Sweden and Finland.

"It was fantastic to have over 5,000 fans for our game against Slovakia. The atmosphere that they create is just incredible and we hope that our fans will be there once again on Tuesday night cheering the team on."
Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Defenders: Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (North Carolina Courage), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Savannah McCarthy (Galway WFC), Éabha O'Mahony (Boston College), Áine O'Gorman (Peamount United), Isibeal Atkinson (Celtic)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Niamh Farrelly (Glasgow City), Ciara Grant (Shelbourne), Aoibheann Clancy (Wexford Youths), Roma McLaughlin (Central Connecticut State University), Jess Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Kyra Carusa (HB Koge), Emily Whelan (Birmingham City), Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City)
Georgia Squad
 Teona Sukhashvili (WFC KVArtali), Tatia Gabunia (WFC Lanchkhuti), Eka Tabagari (WFC KHOBI)
Defenders: Nino Sutidze (WFC Kvartali), Tamari Tatuashvili (Amora), Ani Dzadzua (WFC Kvartali), Mariam Kalandadze (WFC Lanchkhuti), Nino Gurielidze (WFC Nike), Nino Chkhartishvili (WFC Lanchkhuti)
Midfielders: Mariami Janikashvili (Norchi Dinamo), Gvantsa Kadagishvili (WFC Kvartali), Nino Pasikashvili (WFC Kvartali), Teona Bakradze (WFC Lanchkhuti), Maiko Bebia (WFC Nike), Natia Danelia (WFC Kvartali), Anastasia Bolkvadze (WFC Kvartali), Irina Khaburzania (WFC Lanchkhuti), Teona Todadze (WFC Lanchkhuti), Ana Cheminava (WFC MFA Zalgiris), Lizi Mtskerashvili (WFC Lanchkhuti), Mariam Danelia (WFC Lanchkhuti)
Forwards: Lela Chichinadze (WFC Nike), Khatia Tchkonia (WFC Lanchkhuti), Natela Tsotseria (WFC Lanchkhuti)

21 October 2021: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Sweden
26 October 2021: Finland 1-2 Republic of Ireland
25 November 2021: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Slovakia
30 November 2021: Republic of Ireland v Georgia
12 April 2022: Sweden v Republic of Ireland
27 June 2022: Georgia v Republic of Ireland
1 September 2022: Republic of Ireland v Finland
6 September 2022: Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Round - Group A
Republic of Ireland v Georgia
Tuesday, November 30th
Tallaght Stadium
KO 19:00
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Referee: Jurgita Mačikunytė (Lithuania)