Australia blanks Ireland despite Sam Kerr's absence

Australia made a winning start to the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 win over Ireland on Thursday.

Sam Kerr was not seen playing in this match due to injury.

Steph Catley scored a penalty in the 52nd minute to seal the match for Ireland.

The Australian fans present in the stadium were jubilant with the victory of Australia.

Till the final whistle, Kerr was on the field holding hands with his teammates.

Sam Kerr celebrates after being pushed to the limit by Ireland.

The stadium crowd became aware of Kerr's injury only about an hour before kick-off.

Mary Fowler has Irish heritage. Mary replaced Kerr in Australia's attack.

Australia will play Nigeria on July 27 in Brisbane. On July 28, Ireland will take on Canada in Perth.