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Amber Barrett celebrates Ireland's fifth goal scored by Louise Quinn during the Women's World Cup 2023 qualifier in Gori, Georgia. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Amber Barrett celebrates Ireland's fifth goal scored by Louise Quinn during the Women's World Cup 2023 qualifier in Gori, Georgia. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Amber Barrett celebrates Ireland's fifth goal scored by Louise Quinn during the Women's World Cup 2023 qualifier in Gori, Georgia. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

After too many gory days in the recent past, glory days in Gori such as these are worthy of cherishing.

And yet still, even on the night that her emerging international side equalled their record haul away from home, matching the Malta rout in 2003, Vera Pauw was moved to remain cautious as further, more indiscreet landmines lie ahead.


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