'You've done your country proud' – huge support for Stephanie Roche at FIFA awards
The story has captured the imagination globally – Stephanie Roche was trending in third position worldwide for a time today– and tributes have poured in for achievements of the Irish footballer.
Her quest to become the first female to claim the FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year ended today when Colombia's James Rodriguez topped the public poll with 42pc of the votes.
More than one million voted for Roche's sensational strike for Peamount United, which was more than three times what Robin van Persie claimed in the final tally which was revealed in Zurich this evening.
The messages of support have widespread with the FAI official account summing it up best.
"James Rodriguez has been named as the winner of this year's @FIFAcom #Puskasaward-hard luck @StephanieRoche9 you've done your country proud!"
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring described the footballer as a "wonderful ambassador".
Thank you to everyone who has shown @StephanieRoche9 support over the last couple of weeks! Capturing 33% of 3.3 million votes cast overall!— FAI (@FAIreland) January 12, 2015
Nominate Stephanie Roche, throw the women a bone. Patronizing !— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) January 12, 2015
Can we still stay out drinking? - crowd in Stephanie Roche's local get the bad news https://t.co/epj4hUxtmZ— Tommy Martin (@TommyMartinTV3) January 12, 2015
"She thoroughly deserves all the praise she has received and I am sure she is a little disappointed but she should be very proud of her achievement," he said.
"It was wonderful to see the global attention that Stephanie received since she was shortlisted for the award along with such global superstars as Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez. I have no doubt that all her family and friends and the whole country are delighted and proud of her achievement."
"Stephanie has been a wonderful ambassador for her sport and her country since being nominated for the award. The publicity that it has generated for the profile of the Women’s National League and Irish women’s sport in general is very welcome.”