'I knew they would have to go over the top and luckily he threw it over the top and I was in the spot to get it.' Fortunately for all in green - he did pluck the pass from the sky, running away to score the final try and seal a dramatic victory by 10 points.
The Irish still have two tough encounters to come in this year's championship.
However, as the Welsh attempted to move the ball out of their "22", it went forward and Ireland seized their opportuinity.
Ireland - R Kearney; K Earls (F McFadden 64), C Farrell, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton (J Carbery 77), C Murray; C Healy (J McGrath 64), R Best (capt) (S Cronin ), A Porter (John Ryan 66), James Ryan, D Toner (Q Roux 74); P O'Mahony (J Conan 67), D Leavy, CJ Stander.
Frustration then for Wales, but something to build on when they welcome Italy to Principality Stadium in a fortnight's time in what represents one of the most high-profile women's games the Welsh capital has seen.
Sexton, troubled by a stiff back in the warm-up, endured a rare off-day with the boot, missing four kicks at goal although Schmidt - whose peculiar personal feud with the Irish media endures despite his team's continued success - played down the severity of the injury. A Bundee Aki try on the cusp of half time settled Irish nerves.
As Wales pushed to get back into the contest, replacement Hannah Tyrrell found space to go over for the bonus-point try before Molloy grabbed her second to put the icing on the cake, Kim Flood adding the extras on both occasions.
Noren, Simpson tied for Honda Classic lead
Webb Simpson putts out on the 18th hole during the first round of the Honda Classic. "I just hit the collar". It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start".
The Test match wasn't as easy as the final score line might suggest, however.
Wales - Tries: G Davies, Shingler, Evans. We saw his feisty side, too, as he looked to barge over from close range, making a couple of metres to help set up Cian Healy's try, later won a breakdown turnover and took a quick tap penalty rather than opting for the safer option of the posts.
After 20 minutes, Ireland had 70% possession and 81% territory but were only 5-3 up!
True to form, Schmidt will be more anxious about the game-on-game leak of tries than excited about the eight posted against Italy and the five against Wales.
Murray, now handed the penalty kicking duties, nailed a 35m kick five minutes from the end to put Ireland into a 10 point advantage.
Sexton missed his first three goalkicks but his passing was brilliant and Ireland's grip looked firm until Wales flanker Aaron Shingler split the defense and scrumhalf Gareth Davies pouched a loose pass and darted over.
With the Welsh on the attack and the clock in the red, Stockdale intercepted a pass on the Irish 10m line and stormed clear to the delight of the Aviva faifthful and secure the win.