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Republic of Ireland women's national team striker Stephanie Roche's goal has been named in the top three goals for the 2014 FIFA Puskás goal of the year alongside goals from James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie.

Republic of Ireland women's national team striker Stephanie Roche's goal has been named in the top three goals for the 2014 FIFA Puskás goal of the year alongside goals from James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie.

Republic of Ireland women's national team striker Stephanie Roche's goal has been named in the top three goals for the 2014 FIFA Puskás goal of the year alongside goals from James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie.

BETTER than Ibrahimovic, classier than Costa - Irish girl Stephanie Roche has fended off some very serious competition to make it onto the shortlist for FIFA's world goal of the year award.

From an initial shortlist of 10 goals scored in 2013/14, the Dubliner has now made it into the last three, alongside James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie.

Tim Cahill, Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all ditched at this stage and failed to make it into the last three, a major honour for Roche.

Her goal, scored for Peamount against Wexford Youths, can now win the overall award for goal of the year. Roche will now get to travel to Zurich for the FIFA awards on January 12th, where the major prizes like player of the year and manager of the year will be announced.

"Obviously it this is fantastic for me so I owe a lot of thanks to everybody who has voted for me and who has been behind me. It has been fantastic. I am just delighted I actually get to go to the awards so thanks and maybe I can go and win it now," said Roche (above).

Her goal was scored away to Wexford back in October 2013, and although less than 100 punters were at the game, luckily the strike was recorded and the clip has now been viewed more than 3million times on Youtube.

Fans can now vote again on fifa.com


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