A record-breaking performance saw the Republic of Ireland secure a remarkable 11-0 victory over Georgia in their World Cup qualifier at Tallaght Stadium.

Denise O'Sullivan grabbed a 17-minute hat-trick either side of the break, while Katie McCabe bagged a brace in the convincing victory over the group’s lowest ranked side.

And there were goals for Kyra Carusa, Lucy Quinn, Saoirse Noonan, Amber Barrett, Megan Connolly, as well as an own goal, as Ireland kept their World Cup qualification hopes very much alive.

It was an inclement evening at the Dublin venue, with a swirling breeze making conditions even trickier for the final international of 2021, however the crowd were warmed up in the fourth minute as Ireland grabbed the early lead.

Captain McCabe advanced on the left flank before sending a teasing ball across the face of the goal, and Maiko Bebia attempted to clear the danger but ended up helping the ball into the back of the net.

It was the perfect start for Vera Pauw's side who were looking to bounce back from their disappointing result on Thursday night where they could only manage a home draw with Slovakia.

The Ireland manager made changes to that XI with Jess Ziu, Kyra Carusa, Ruesha Littlejohn and Diane Caldwell all coming into the starting line-up.

Both Ziu and Carusa showed early with the striker almost connecting with a diving header after ten minutes, the Denmark-based forward just misjudging the low flight into the box.

Littlejohn was tasked with sitting in midfield, while Caldwell renewed an old partnership with Louise Quinn and Niamh Fahey and neither had much to deal with early on as Georgia were camped on the edge of their box.

Ireland almost doubled the lead in the 14th minute when a clever McCabe free-kick was stopped by the keeper, who stuck out a fortuitous leg at the last moment to stop the low, well-hit effort.

Lucy Quinn then had the keeper scrambling to her right to make another important save two minutes later, and Carusa was almost handed a gift in the 18th minute as the keeper fumbled in the box but smartly recovered.

The second goal inevitably came in the 21st minute as Louise Quinn rose well at the back post to help the ball goalwards, where Carusa reacted quickest to divert a neat header past the keeper.

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The visitors were having a torrid time of things, with nothing sticking for them in attack as captain Khatia Tchkonia was ploughing a lone furrow up front.

And it remained one-way traffic throughout the first half with McCabe close to playing Denise O’Sullivan in on goal just on the half-hour mark following more good link-up play by Carusa.

The game was delayed in the 34th minute as Nino Pasikashvili had to be carried off the pitch, and then Ireland made it three while the visitors were a player down.

A neat move out on the left flank, with O’Sullivan and McCabe again in sync, was worked across the box, where Lucy Quinn arrived to firmly side-foot the ball home, the three points all but secured with eight minutes remaining in the first half.

Georgia eventually got their substitute on, allowing Ireland another look at goal before they could ready Ani Dzadzua to level the numbers, just after Megan Connolly’s free-kick dropped over the bar.

But Ireland remained on the front foot for the remaining minutes of the first half and the home side could have been four up at the break but Connolly’s powerful header from a corner flew the wrong side of the bar.

Courtney Brosnan was eventually called into action on the stroke of half-time as Tchkonia’s curling effort hit the target, but did not have the pace to trouble the Ireland keeper.

And then in injury time, the fourth goal did arrive following some excellent build-up play from Littlejohn, directing pay in the middle of the pitch, and then allowed to saunter forward unchallenged.

The Aston Villa midfielder eventually slammed across from the left, and this time O’Sullivan was more central and timed a perfect run to help the ball home from 12 yards.

Ireland celebrated a record victory at Tallaght Stadium

Normal service resumed almost immediately as Sukhashvili saved first from a close-range McCabe effort and followed up by an equally impressive stop as O'Sullivan hit one from the edge of the box.

O’Sullivan grabbed her second and Ireland’s fifth in the 58th minute with a strike from inside the box, and then secured her hat-trick four minutes later as she headed home from ten yards out following a clipped ball by McCabe.

The Ireland captain had a penalty appeal waved away earlier in the second half but the referee did point to the spot in the 69th minute as Fahey’s firm shot was handled by Maiko Bebia, who picked up her second yellow as Georgia were reduced to 10.

McCabe slotted home the penalty and then number eight arrived three minutes later as the skipper picked up her brace with a stinging shot from the edge of the box, which beat the keeper at the near post.

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The bench had been emptied at this stage as Pauw handed some of her second string valuable international minutes and Saoirse Noonan made no mistake finishing the ninth from close range after Connolly’s header was stopped – the goal equalling the previous record tally posted against Malta in 2003 and Montenegro in 2016.

Noonan could have made it ten in the 84th minute but she headed over from just yards out, but the record strike did arrive with two minutes remaining as fellow substitute Amber Barrett got in on the right before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the back of the net.

But Ireland still were not finished and added goal number eleven in the second minute of injury time as Connolly’s free-kick evaded everyone and ended in the back of the net, as Ireland signed off the 2021 calendar in style.

Republic of Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell; Jess Ziu (Amber Barrett 75), Katie McCabe, Ruesha Littlejohn (Ciara Grant 67), Megan Connolly, Denise O’Sullivan; Lucy Quinn (Roma McLaughlin 67), Kyra Carusa (Saoirse Noonan 75).

Georgia: 1 Teona Sukhashvili; 21 Mariam Kalandadze, 13 Tamari Tatuashvili, 17 Nino Sutidze; 6 Natia Danelia, 3 Nino Pasikashvili (Ani Dzadzua 41); 9 Irina Khaburzania (14 Anastasia Bolkvadze HT), 16 Natela Tsotseria (Nino Chkhartishvili 64), 10 Ana Cheminava (Mariami Janikashvili 81), 18 Maiko Bebia; 20 Khatia Tchkonia (capt)

Referee: Jurgita Mačikunytė (LTU)