Donegal trio star in record Ireland win

Donegal trio Amber Barrett, Roma McLaughlin and Ciara Grant were part of the Republic of Ireland team which beat Georgia 11-0 in Wednesday evening’s World Cup qualifier win at Tallaght Stadium.

Barrett was among the scorers in what was a record win for the Ireland women’s senior team.

The result lifts Vera Pauw’s side up to second place in Group A with a healthy goal difference.

Barrett, McLaughlin and Grant were all introduced as second-half substitutes.

Grant plays her club football with new women’s national league champions Shelbourne.

Barrett is with Cologne in Germany while McLaughlin, who hails from Greencastle, is approaching the end of a scholarship at Central Connecticut State University in the United States. She has been playing collegiate soccer  there with the Blue Devils.

Denise O’Sullivan scored a hat-trick for Ireland with Katie McCabe adding two more.

RTÉ says Wednesday’s game also drew a record television audience for a women’s international.

There were an average of 209,000 viewers watching the live coverage – a figure which peaked at 340,000.

Elsewhere, leaders Sweden made it five wins from five with a 3-0 victory over Slovakia in Malmo.

Ireland will face Sweden in their next qualifier, which will take place in April.