The dawning of a new era in women's football in this country, and another historic night at Tallaght Stadium as Ireland kept their Euro 2021 qualification hopes on track with a 3-2 victory over Ukraine.

The 8,000-seater stadium in west Dublin celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this year and already many great sporting nights and occasions have been celebrated at the fledgling Irish sports venue.

Shamrock Rovers have been anchor tenants since the opening match in March 2009, and the Hoops have staged many memorable European nights at their new home, hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus amongst others.

Cristiano Ronaldo made his Real Madrid debut at Tallaght Stadium in front of a record crowd of 10,900 – there were temporary stands that night to meet the demand for the visit of the European giants.

International occasions have become the norm up at the compact venue these days, as the Ireland Rugby League side have graced the turf, while Leinster have also played the union variety up in the foothills of the Dublin mountains.

American Football has also been showcased at Tallaght and more recently, the venue has become the de facto home of the Ireland Under-21 side and the Women's National Team in what has certainly been a successful municipal stadium venture since its inception.

And it was a record-breaking occasion in Tallaght last night as Ireland beat Ukraine in a five-goal thriller, as they continue their quest to qualify for the 2021 tournament in England.

Reports of an expected full house did not quite materialise, however, a record crowd did turn out to mark the occasion as interest in the women’s game continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.

The 5,000 marker was broken for the first time for a women’s international – 5,328 was the official attendance - and the sense of occasion was very evident in and around the stadium throughout the build-up to the vital clash against the second seeds in the group.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor were in the crowd, while the stars of Irish women’s sport came out to watch the Girls in Green with members of the Dublin Ladies Gaelic football team, the Irish women’s hockey team, Ciara Mageean and Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy amongst others who were out in support.

But the really exciting factor, which was very noticeable from early on in the game, was the improvement that this team has shown in recent years.

With only one week’s work completed under the tutelage of new coach Vera Pauw, the organisation and endeavour was evident as Ireland came racing out of the blocks.

Two goals in the first half-hour, the mesmerising long throws of Megan Campbell, with the fleet-footed Denise O’Sullivan pulling the strings from a central role in midfield.

Rianna Jarrett looked to have been given a new lease of life as she led the line brilliantly with captain Katie McCabe gliding in off either flank, getting involved, driving the side forward.

New coach Pauw was more than generous with her time as she sat down with the media after the game and there was no hiding the delight that she showed as she re-lived the game with complete honesty and plenty of insight.

Pauw was really pleased to see her players putting into practice what they worked on throughout the week and the reaction that they have showed since her arrival.

Three points gained, just like in the previous game against Montenegro, however, the manner of the performance was very noticeably different with much more structure, composure and link-up play on show.

Naturally, Pauw beamed about the positive aspects of the performance, speaking highly of performances of Jarrett and McCabe, however, the coach was also very happy to talk about what went wrong and where improvements are needed.

They don't make these mistakes in training

Pauw did not dwell on the individual mistakes that cost Ireland two goals, but she did express her disappointment that they were conceded, which prevented her side from continuing with their impressive play, while allowing Ukraine back into the game.

"They don’t make these mistakes in training," said Pauw.

"So it was down to fatigue, pressure and the importance of the game, and we have to get that fear of failure out of their play, and allow them to have the guts to make mistakes."

"The squad are so talented," added Pauw, who appears to see the real potential in this group of players.

Changes were made for this game and it appears that the new coach has wiped the slate clean with everyone very much in contention to feature for the remainder of Group I.

"I picked the best players. I could not even tell you how many caps each player has," explained Pauw.

And the manager remained honest when appraising specific individuals, as she felt that Leanne Kiernan could not get into the game after she came on for the final 20 minutes, while she believes that Tyler Toland, who was left on the bench last night, is not currently at her peak.

This insight was far-from criticism for two of the youngest players in the squad, but rather a sign that her attention to detail is very much on show, while she will do everything she can to bring these players on.

Pauw also spoke about going on a site visit to Greece ahead of the away fixture to make sure all the facilities and training pitches are at the standard that she is looking for.

And looking ahead, Pauw spoke with real belief that Ireland can qualify out of the group by going and beating teams that they should beat, like Greece and Montenegro, "and maybe sneaking a point against Germany".

Pauw’s philosophy comes down to having the right mix of creative players and those who allow them to create.

"The players that you noticed most are the creative ones, and the players you did not notice are those who allow them to play."

And one of those key players is Cork native O’Sullivan, who again put in an inspirational performance in the middle of the park.

Pauw admits that she is pondering how to get the best out of O’Sullivan who is equally adept at playing an attacking role, or also sitting in front of the back four.

"I think Denise’s best position is an attacking midfielder," decided Pauw after some deliberation.

And Pauw is very aware that she has a secret weapon within her arsenal, but not from either Gunner in the squad.

Megan Campbell’s long throws caused havoc inside the box last night and another led to the winning goal.

Remarkably, Pauw explained that they did not have time to work on such potentially potent set-pieces, as she made sure that the players had plenty of down time with their families and partners, giving them a couple of days off at the start of camp.

Next up for the Girls in Green is the aforementioned trip away to Greece next month as Ireland look to maintain their 100 per cent record in the group.

Greece will have been warned about Campbell’s super set-pieces, but by that stage, Pauw’s plan will, no doubt, have evolved further.