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'Maybe I can go and win it now!' Dubliner Stephanie Roche makes FIFA's Goal of the Year shortlist

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Stephanie Roche earlier this year at Republic of Ireland Women's Squad Training. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Stephanie Roche earlier this year at Republic of Ireland Women's Squad Training. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Republic of Ireland Womens National Team striker and 2014 FIFA Puskas Award nominee, Stephanie Roche

Republic of Ireland Womens National Team striker and 2014 FIFA Puskas Award nominee, Stephanie Roche

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Stephanie Roche earlier this year at Republic of Ireland Women's Squad Training. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Irish international Stephanie Roche has thanked the public for their support for helping her make the three-person shortlist for the FIFA Goal of the Year, and urged them to keep voting.

The Dubliner beat off competition from the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Costa and Tim Cahill to make the FIFA Goal of the Year shortlist along with James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie.

Her goal for Peamount United on October 20, 2013 against Wexford Youths is one of ten shortlisted for the global award and now she joins the Real Madrid and Manchester United stars in the final three-person shortlist.

Her stunning goal became an internet sensation, attracting over 2.5million views on You Tube and she has thanked all those who have voted for her wonder-strike.

"Yessssss!!!!! Come on!! So happy right now, thank u to EVERYONE who has voted for me!  oh and if you's could keep voting please!" she posted on her Twitter account.

“This is fantastic for me but I owe a lot to everybody who has voted for me and got behind me,” she said in a video posted by the FAI. “It has been fantastic and I’m just delighted that I get to go to the awards now.

“Really thanks, and maybe I can go and win it now. Keep voting!”

Stephanie, who currently plays in France, was the only female nominated and will battle it out with two other cracking goals from last summer's World Cup and the 25 year-old has received huge support in her efforts to win.

"Been talking about Stephanie all day, has to win top goal unbelievable she has to win simples. STEPHANIE MUST WIN," former Irish international Paul McGrath tweeted when she made the 10-person shortlist.

Earlier she thanked the public for their support and votes.

Vote here to help Stephanie take the award next month.

The winner will be announced on January 12 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala dinner.


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