Tuesday 23 July 2019

Stephanie dares to dream after 'lucky break'

Had it not been for her coaches’ commitment to video analysis, Roche’s goal would have been recorded only in the memories of those who were there at Ferrycarrig Park and would not have been eligible for the Puskas Award.
Had it not been for her coaches’ commitment to video analysis, Roche’s goal would have been recorded only in the memories of those who were there at Ferrycarrig Park and would not have been eligible for the Puskas Award.

Jack Pitt-Brooke

The fact that matches at last year's World Cup were recorded by television cameras does not register with anyone.

Of course they were, with the rights being sold for billions, and nearly that many people watching each big game.

Neither James Rodriguez nor Robin van Persie would ever say it was a "lucky break" that their brilliant goals were caught on film.

But that is precisely how Stephanie Roche describes the fact that her spectacular volley for Peamount United was caught on camera.

For without it, she would not be challenging Rodriguez and Van Persie for the Puskas Award for FIFA's World Goal of the Year.

Roche scored the goal in an Irish Women's National League game against Wexford Youths on October 13, 2013.

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The match was not televised but, fortunately for Roche, and for everyone who loves football and has an internet connection, it was filmed.

Had it not been for her coaches' commitment to video analysis, Roche's goal would have been recorded only in the memories of those who were there at Ferrycarrig Park and would not have been eligible for the Puskas Award.

There were less than 100 people at the match, but overnight 10,000 viewed the goal and it kept going up by the thousand.

The original clip has more than 3,579,000 views on YouTube. The version posted by FIFATV has over 1,290,000.

An RTE version has 726,000. There are others, and the total views must be in excess in 6,000,000. (© Independent News Service)

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