Ireland women wallop Georgia 11-0; Most of Munster party on their way home

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Ireland women beat Georgia 11-0 in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland women beat Georgia 11-0 in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was raining goals in Tallaght last night, as Ireland women walloped Georgia a record 11-0 in their World Cup qualifier in front of a crowd of 3,552. On the scoresheet for Vera Pauw’s side were - *deep breath* - Denise O’Sullivan (hat-trick), Katie McCabe (two), Kyra Carusa, Lucy Quinn, Saoirse Noonan, Amber Barrett, Megan Connolly and an opening own goal by Maiko Bebia. The Republic are now up to second place in Group A - albeit eight points behind Sweden - and have a healthy goal difference of +11. Gavin Cummiskey witnessed a famous night in Tallaght. Elsewhere England showed even less mercy than Ireland as they beat Latvia 20-0 at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium. Ellen White was one of four hat-trick scorers as she surpassed Kelly Smith as the Lionesses’ highest ever goalscorer.

The majority of the Munster squad are finally on their way home from South Africa. Further PCR tests yesterday returned four more positive cases of Covid-19, meaning 14 members of the touring party must remain in isolation in Cape Town while the other 34 can fly back to Dublin. On return to Ireland they will face a home quarantine, putting the Champions Cup trip to Wasps on December 12th in further jeopardy. A Munster statement read: “Team management worked tirelessly on securing scheduled flights at short notice and the group are expected to land in Dublin on Wednesday evening. This is a difficult time for all players and staff involved and we are very mindful of their wellbeing and the understandable concern from family and friends at home. The group will be well looked after with team liaisons Warren Morris and Kubaan Lorens remaining on site with medical support provided daily.”

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