Ireland under all sorts of pressure there.
They couldn't seem to get the ball far enough away from the danger area, as the Aussies launched a few probing passes.
The visitors make nothing of it. They seem a little short of ideas.
Kerr picks up a yellow card for a clumsy foul on McCarthy.
It's been a frustrating night for the 'Tildas talisman so far.
A rare quiet spell in this game, with both teams vying for some form of dominance as the game enter the final 15 minutes of normal time.
Brosnan tries to be a bit too clever, taking too long over the clearance, allowing Kerr to block it down.
It bounces harmlessly away for a goal kick.
But Kerr seems to be walking gingerly around the pitch.
The Matildas look ever so slightly rattled here.
Wayward passes, poor first touches, visible frustration on some players' faces - their confidence appears to be dwindling.
Another prolonged spell of attacking play by Australia comes to nought.
Ireland come away, and manage to get a corner.
Quinn rises high into the Tallaght sky, get her head to the ball, but it sails over the bar.
Looks like a bad ankle injury for Logarzo here.
She's getting a fair bit of attention.
Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland Women) scores.
Ireland regain the lead through Louise Quinn.
Corner is poorly defended by the Aussies, and the Birmingham City defender gets a head to the ball at the far post!
We're back at it in Tallaght.
It is half-time between Republic of Ireland Women and Australia Women.
A very even contest thus far at Tallaght Stadium.
Ireland are more than holding their own against a team 22 places above them in the World Rankings - in fact, they're probably kicking themselves that they're not ahead at the break.
An enthralling 45 minutes lay ahead.
Mary Fowler (Australia Women) scores.
Just as Ireland looked like they may go in ahead at the break, a poor header from McCarthy comes back to Fowler, whose shot takes a horrible deflection off the Irish player before looping over Brosnan into the Irish net.
We're all square at the break.
Aussies are gunning to level things up before half-time, but things are just not clicking for them so far.
Aussies came close to equalising there!
Kerr gets past Quinn for a through ball, evades the tackle of Finn before taking her shot.
It is steered away by Brosnan but it falls to another yellow shirt, whose shot is blocked on the line by McCarthy.
Sharp intakes of breath abound as Kerr loses Louise Quinn and picks up a through ball from Fowler.
She evades the tackle from Finn, takes a shot which is steered away by Brosnan.
A yellow shirt picks up the rebound, but it's blocked on the line by Savannah McCarthy.
Danger there for Ireland.
Brosnan comes out to the left edge of the 18-yard box for a block, and has to leg it back as it falls to Yallop.
The Aussie midfielder makes very little of the chance though, as Brosnan parries it away for a corner.
Ireland are punishing the Matlidas for their high-line here.
A long pass finds Amber Barrett on the left, who tries to thread the ball through to Lucy Quinn, but it's much too long.
Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland Women) scores!
Ireland have been superb in attack thus far, and when a clearance fell to Denise O'Sullivan, she took a shot which deflected off an Australian defender and in!
No shortage of goals here, that's for sure!
Sustained pressure from Ireland leads to a brief scare for Australia.
Ball into the box finds Alanna Kennedy, whose attempted clearance nearly goes into her own goal, were it not for the woodwork!
Quinn catches the volley, but skies it.
Australia are hungry here. Yallop on the left wing hits a sweet cross just shy of the 6-yard box.
Kerr hits the header straight at Brosnan though.
Pat Hoban shoots but shoots wide.
Mary Fowler grabs the equaliser.
Takes a shot from 18 yards; Brosnan tries to gather but can't keep a hold of it, as it rolls wearily into the Ireland net.
Good cross finds Kerr in the box, but she can't put enough on it to steer it towards goal.
She's looking for 100th international goal tonight - on her 100th cap too!
Ireland have taken full advantage from the momentum generated by Quinn's early goal.
Australia have been hard on the attack, but the Girls in Green have resisted well.
A free-kick from Steph Catley just misses the head of Sam Kerr - no-one there to pick up the scraps and it goes out for an Ireland goal kick.
Now that's the perfect way to mark your debut! Terrific free-kick from Lucy Quinn!
From 20 yards out on the left-hand side, she curls into the bottom-left corner.
Goalkeeper Arnold could've done more, you'd feel. But the dream start for Vera Pauw's team!
Early chance for Ireland!
Quinn goes down the right, does very well to keep it in play.
Cross is good, falls to Barrett, whose shot forces a good save from Arnold.
Kickoff for Ireland as Lucy Quinn gets us underway!
Anthems played, both sets of players fired up; kick-off imminent!
Teams are coming onto the pitch now; first, the Republic of Ireland!
A sunny afternoon has given way to grey clouds over Tallaght Stadium.
Chilly breeze blowing across the pitch also.
Good evening, folks! Cameron Hill here, taking you through Ireland's friendly against Australia tonight.
Team news to follow shortly.
Competition: 2021 International Friendlies
Date: 7 p.m. Sept. 21, 2021