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Soccer hero Stephanie hits back at attacks by vile online trolls

Footballer Stephanie Roche who made it to the final three for FIFA's goal of the year, has hit back at a vile Twitter troll.

The Dubliner hit the headlines when she was shortlisted for her spectacular goal for Peamont United.

On Monday it was announced that she was into the final three in the competition, alongside Robin Van Persie and James Rodriguez.

But despite the incredible achievement, not everyone was happy for the Irish star.

And one troll in particular got under Stephanie's skin, when he called her an 'Irish w****'.

He went on to say that he would 'kill' 69 four-year-olds if Stephanie beat the two professionals.

But Stephanie was quick to respond. The 25-year-old from Shankhill, who is now plying her trade in France after signing a professional deal with ASPTT Albi, responded by tweeting: "Are u actually for real? Ur a disgraceful human being."

Stephanie's wonder goal for Peamount United against Wexford Youths in October of last year was chosen on a shortlist of 10 for the coveted award and she made the final three after a global online vote.

FIFA revealed statistics on Monday that showed Ireland was second only to Colombia in terms of unique visits from social sites to vote for the football hero.

A total of 12,066 of the visits were from Colombia - followed by Ireland at 11,960.

But although the Irish got behind Stephanie in her droves, a further 10,223 came from Mexico indicating that Stepanie will have to drum up extra support to beat the central and South American nations who most likely favour James.

Regardless of the outcome, she will travel to Zurich, Switzerland, for the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in early January.