Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stephanie Roche: It was incredible to see 3,000 supporters cheer us in the pouring rain

Published 02/10/2015 | 15:07

Ireland international Stephanie Roche
Ireland international Stephanie Roche

Where does the time go?

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From France, to Houston and now happily settled at Sunderland, it's been a long year of football but the season is now drawing to a close.

It's been an incredible journey, and with just one game remaining in the domestic season, I can appreciate what a roller-coaster season it has been. The league title is unfortunately out of reach but I still want to go out on a high.

Funnily enough, it feels like only yesterday that I signed for Sunderland Ladies. Chelsea will be our opponents and regardless of the result we will finish fourth. The Londoners are odds-on to win the league with Manchester City in pursuit. Having beaten Chelsea 4-0 at Hetton earlier in the season, we're confident that we can once again get a result and finish the season with a win.

Chelsea go into the game very much in the hunt for the title and having lost out last year on goal difference, will not be short on motivation. I think we can expect an entertaining game, and hopefully, another  three points.

While it's disappointing not to get a Champions League spot after a brilliant first season in WSL1 -  as a newly promoted team we have surpassed all expectations- I'm so proud to have been a part of it.

My goal against Everton was one of my highlights of the season and it was such a thrill, not to mention a relief, to get off the mark with my new club.

On the international front, our Euro 2017 qualifying campaign is up and running, though it wasn't the start we were hoping for.

In a hard-fought game with Finland, we came out the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat, though it wasn't from the lack of support in Tallaght. We had almost 3,000 fans at the game and more watching the game live on Setanta Sports.

The crowd were brilliant even in the pouring rain!

We play Portugal on October 27th away before taking on Spain in November in Tallaght stadium where we hope to see more fans out to support us!

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