Republic of Ireland internationals Loiuse Quinn and Katie McCabe are both keen to move on from the disappointment of failing to qualify for Euro 2022 after coming up short against Germany at Tallaght Stadium.
Ukraine secured a play-off spot at Ireland's expense with a 2-1 win over Montenegro, while Group I winners Germany inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Vera Pauw's charges.
Quinn admitted that shocking Germany was always a long shot, but she was proud of her team-mates' efforts.
"Overall, it was a really tough ask," she said.
"But to see how we approached it – I know it looks like we were being defensive, and we were, but we wanted to keep in the game and try and get those attacks and take those chances.
"We got one attack just before the half to get it back to 2-1 and the belief was incredible to go on and score again. We were keeping them quiet."
Republic of Ireland v Germany - The Euro 2022 qualifying campaign ends in disappointment, but Louise Quinn is determined to treat it as a learning experience. #IRLGER | #COYGIG pic.twitter.com/YOwwYKSKYv— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) December 1, 2020
Tabea Wassmuth's second goal on the night ended any hopes of an Ireland comeback, but many will point to missed opportunities against Ukraine and Greece as Ireland's undoing in terms of achieving a play-off spot. But Quinn remains philosophical and optimistic for the future.
"There's a lot there that you can look back on and want to change, but we can't, we can only look forward, not take it as a regret, but just learn from it."
McCabe, who scored Ireland's first-half goal from the penalty spot, said: "The girls are devastated in there
"We really are gutted. We gave it everything tonight and it just wasn't to be.
"But we've got so much youth and experience, it's just the start of it, and we're going to do everything we can to refocus in 2021 and the World Cup campaign will be our next focus."
Republic of Ireland v Germany - Player of the match Katie McCabe is "gutted" after she and her team-mates gave it their all against a side ranked second in the world. #IRLGER | #COYGIG pic.twitter.com/m1wtYYiKjc— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) December 1, 2020