Hat-trick hero Denise O'Sullivan was delighted with Ireland’s response to drawing with Slovakia last week as they hit a record 11 goals past Georgia on Wednesday night.
Vera Pauw’s side scored four before the break and ran riot in the second half at Tallaght to move back up to second place in World Cup 2023 qualifying Group A.
"All around, the team performance tonight, I thought everyone on the pitch was absolutely fantastic," O’Sullivan told RTÉ Sport afterwards. "I’m proud of the team.
"I think we needed that. We were a bit disappointed after our performance the other night. So to get three points tonight and the professionalism that we showed, it was great.
"It gives us a lot of confidence. We end on a high this year and we go in next year with that confidence to go again so we’re very excited.
"We’ve just got to keep going, we have a long way to go in this qualifying campaign."
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O’Sullivan became Ireland’s second highest all-time scorer with strikes in the 45th, 58th and 62nd minutes.
"It feels great to score three goals for your country," the Corkwoman said.
"Big boots to fill behind Olivia O’Toole, she’s absolutely amazing. But I’m delighted to do that.
"Ruesha (Littlejohn) did a great job down the left wing (for O’Sullivan’s first), a great ball and all I had to do was get my foot on it.
"The other two… outside the box, I don’t think I ever scored a goal like that, I was delighted. And then the header, it was on a platter for me by Katie McCabe. She has been getting those assists all year long. She’s absolutely fantastic."
Despite scoring three times, O'Sullivan was pipped to the Player of the Match award by the captain, who scored twice and assisted three goals, prompting McCabe's partner Littlejohn to quip "Who's picking these man of the matches, is it Katie's mum?"
McCabe told RTÉ Sport that she was aware Ireland were chasing a record during the game and said "When we hit nine I kept telling the other girls to push for more. They were absolutely brilliant.
"We wanted to put on a really good performance for everyone in Ireland, it's been a tough year for everyone. We just wanted to put a smile on everyone's face who was watching us tonight and rectify things after Thursday."
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