Katie McCabe scored a hattrick as the Republic of Ireland produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in World Cup qualifying. McCabe opened the scoring in the sixth minute before goals from Niamh Fahey and Megan Connolly put them three goals in front. She once again scored in stoppage time before Louise Quinn scored two in succession to put them 6-0 ahead. McCabe completed her hattrick in the 73rd minute before Abbie Larkin and Denise O’Sullivan rounded off the scoring for the visitors.

“We have done the job, we’ve done really well, and it’s a great team performance. I want to highlight not the individual performances because everybody had to be so disciplined to stay in their role and with their task. We were onto it at half-time because there was some showboating in the first half, and we thought that would gift goals!” Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw said. “I don’t want to pick out one player because this is a great, disciplined team performance. We have two games to go and we have it in our own hands. We have the feeling that we can maybe do it.”

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