Tuesday 16 July 2019

'Stephanie's goal was technically the best' - says former Ireland team-mate Katie Taylor

Declan Whooley

Katie Taylor has lent her support to Stephanie Roche ahead of the FIFA gala awards next Monday claiming the football star was always the stand-out player on the Ireland team.

The Olympic gold medallist is a former international team-mate of Roche and is hoping she can beat off competition from Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez to claim the Puskas Goal of the Year at the awards ceremony in Zurich.

Taylor made her international debut for the senior women's team in 2006 and played against Kazakhstan in 2009 days after winning the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Ukraine.

Taylor scored a number of goals during her career but admits that none were anywhere as impressive as Roche's wonder goal for Peamount United.

"Any goals I scored where all flukes," she admitted.

"I definitely didn’t score a goal like Stephanie's, she was always the most technical player on the team and always great to play with."

"She deserves to win as well, genuinely the best goal out of the three. The most technically gifted goal of the three, so I hope she actually goes on to win the award."

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