Rep of Ireland 3 / Australia 2
A second-half header from Blessington native Louise Quinn secured an historic win for Ireland as they overcame a well-fancied Australia side at Tallaght Stadium.
Vera Pauw’s side snapped a seven-game losing streak in front of 3,314 supporters 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, which hit the post and rebounded in off keeper Mackenzie Arnold. out in s
Mary Fowler, whose grandfather Kevin from Ballymun was in the crowd, twice got the visitors back into the contest, and at the end of a thrilling first half, it was 2-2
Before Louise Quinn powered in a header early in that half to reassert a lead that they would not surrender.
Next up is their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign, starting at home to Sweden on October 21.
Meanwhile, Sunday, November 21 (5.30pm), has been confirmed as the date for this year’s FAI Women’s Cup at Tallaght Stadium (live on RTÉ2). The semi-finals are set for the week ending October 10, with current Cup holders Peamount United paired with Wexford Youths, while Shelbourne will take on Galway WFC.
Caption: Kevin Fowler from Ballymun in Dublin, holds up the jersey given to him by his granddaughter Mary Fowler of Australia, following the international friendly in Tallaght. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile