'Everyone's been buzzing' – Quinn eyes World Cup launch – RTE.ie
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Louise Quinn hopes a "buzzing" Republic of Ireland can use Tuesday night's impressive 3-2 defeat of Australia as a platform to launch into their World Cup qualification campaign next month.
Quinn won a thrilling friendly at Tallaght Stadium with a stooping second-half header on a night when she kept star striker Sam Kerr largely under wraps.
Ireland face Sweden and then Finland in their opening qualifiers in October as they begin the quest to finally make a major tournament. Having helped to end a run of seven losses in a row, Quinn was in buoyant mood.
Republic of Ireland 3-2 Australia: Louise Quinn scores with a downward header from an Ireland corner. #IRLAUS pic.twitter.com/7jE03dUCPh
"What a performance from the team," she told RTÉ Sport.
"The belief was totally there. It was great to get on the scoresheet but it was what we did after that to keep [the lead] that was so promising. It's brilliant, we're thrilled.
"We need to see how we do against these teams and put ourselves under that pressure. It's the experience of playing against bigger teams, we need to come and fight that. If we can score three goals against Australia, who've just been in the Olympics and came fourth, we can score against anyone."
Reflecting on her game-long battle with Kerr, who won her 100th cap for the Matildas, Quinn added: "In the first half I didn't feel as much up to pace and I was kind of losing her. I had a word with myself at half-time. Thankfully in the second half… I didn't want her to get on the scoresheet.
"We've just had a great week. Everyone's been buzzing around the place. The atmosphere has been great.
"Getting back in and being able to be that tighter knit squad we've always wanted to be, it's all just kind of coming to life. We can celebrate this and enjoy it but it is all about next month and the month after.
"But that's a great foundation to be able to build on."
Match-winner Louise Quinn hopes Ireland can take crucial belief and experience from their win against Australia tonight #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/RZJv2kAOOO
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