An injury-time winner from Denise O’Sullivan earned the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team a crucial victory against Croatia in their FIFA World Cup qualifier at Tallaght Stadium.

The 20-year-old midfielder grabbed her third goal of the campaign, and eighth in 28 appearances for Ireland, when she steered home from close range after a Stephanie Roche cross has been knocked down to her by striker Fiona O’Sullivan.

Russia beat Slovenia 2-1 in the night’s other Group 1 game but the Irish can haul themselves back into contention for a World Cup play-off spot if they take three points from their game away to the Russians on Thursday.

Republic of Ireland: Byrne; O’Gorman, Quinn, Campbell, Duggan; Gorman (Caldwell 78), Roche; Killeen (Littlejohn 66), D O’Sullivan, Russell; F O’Sullivan (Grant 90+4).

Croatia: Vuk; Hercigonja-Moulton, Balog, Nevrkla, Zigic; Petrovic (Kolar 46), Gaiser; Lojna (Stvoric 90), Baban, Salek (Sundov 75); Joscak.

Referee: Karolina Radzik-Johan (Poland)