The Republic of Ireland’s record 11-0 win over Georgia on Tuesday night in their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifier in Tallaght Stadium drew 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% of those watching TV at the time. Numbers peaked at 340,000 towards the end of the game. Additionally, there were 10,100 streams on 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, live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.
Commenting on the figures, RTÉ’s Group Head of Sport, Declan McBennett said “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.
“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.”
“I think we showed great discipline in our positioning and our patience on the ball. We’ve got a little quality all over the pitch in terms of getting into pockets and creating them overloads. The gameplan was executed, I would say, but it’s definitely one to build on for 2022.
“Hopefully we’ll have one or two friendlies lined up in, I think, the February or March international window just to prepare us for that Sweden game. It’s going to be a difficult task.
“We know that, we’ve already been up against it here in October so we know what they’re about,” she added.
“Hopefully we can get a bit of momentum going into April” she added.
Shelbourne teenager Saoirse Noonan celebrates after scoring Ireland’s ninth goal and her first on debut in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifyier against Georgia at Tallaght Stadium