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21.09.2021 at 19:00 Tallaght Stadium Attendance: 3314
Ireland 3 - 2 Australia
Referee: Paula Brady (Ireland). Friendly / PROG-match

Mackenzie Arnold (o.g.) (3)
Denise O Sullivan (23)
Louise Quinn (49)
Mary Fowler 14 mins;
Mary Fowler 45+1 mins;
Opening squads
Courtney Brosnan
Savannah Mc Carthy
Niamh Fahey
Louise Quinn
Jamie Finn
Katie Mc Cabe
Lucy Quinn
Aine O Gorman
Denise O Sullivan
Amber Barrett
Heather Payne
Grace Moloney
Eva Badana
Claire Walsh
Niamh Farrelly
Harriet Scott
Diane Caldwell
Aoibheann Clancy
Ciara Grant (93)
Rianna Jarrett
Leanne Kiernan
Emily Whelan
Clare Shine
Niamh Farrelly -> Amber Barrett (60)
Emily Whelan -> Lucy Quinn (72)
Diane Caldwell -> Jamie Finn (89)
Leanne Kiernan -> Heather Payne (90)
Williams for Arnold 46 mins;
Checker for Kennedy 46 mins;
Wheeler for Logarzo 53 mins;
Beard for Nevin 68 mins;
Gant for Yallop 68 mins;
Yellow cards
None. Sam Kerr 75 mins;
Checker 90+3 mins
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
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Debut for Lucy Quinn

A second-half header from Louise Quinn secured a historic win for the Republic of Ireland as they overcame Australia 3-2 at Tallaght Stadium.

21st Sep 2021

Vera Pauw's snapped a losing streak by recording this deserved victory in front of 3,314 supporters at Tallaght Stadium against a team who finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics.

It is Ireland's biggest win over a higher-ranked opponent in over two decades and they set off to achieve it straight away with Amber Barrett unleashing a stinging shot inside two minutes.

Australia barely had a chance to catch their breath when debutant Lucy Quinn curled a powerful free-kick at goal, which struck the post and rebounded in off goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

The game was back and forth in many ways but Ireland were never outclassed by a team led by star striker Sam Kerr, who was marking her 100th appearance.

Mary Fowler twice got the visitors back into the contest, albeit with a bit of luck, but Ireland also profited when a strike from Denise O'Sullivan was deflected in.

At the end of a thrilling first half, it was 2-2 but Ireland will have felt that they were slightly on top. And they continued to play with confidence in the second period.

Louise Quinn powered in a header early in that half to reassert a lead that they would not surrender as Pauw\'s team showed how recent performances against top-quality opponents stood to them.

Ireland, who were roared on by a vocal crowd, finished the game by battling for every ball and proving that they belonged in competition against such a good team.

Next up is their 2023 FIFA Women\'s World Cup campaign, starting at home to Sweden on October 21st.

Republic of Ireland: Brosnan; Fahey, Louise Quinn, McCarthy; O’Gorman, McCabe; Finn (Caldwell 90), O’Sullivan, Barrett (Farrelly, 60); Payne (Kiernan 90), Lucy Quinn (Whelan 72).

Australia: Arnold (Williams HT); Polkinghorne, Kennedy (Checker HT), Nevin (Beard 68); Yallop (Gant 68), Logarzo (Wheeler 53), Cooney-Cross, Catley; Gielnick, Kerr, Fowler.

Referee: Paula Brady (Ireland).
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