There is still time to make sure Stephanie Roche's stunning goal is voted the best of 2014
Irish woman deserves Puskas award and you can make it happen
We are down to the final hours. At 6.30 tonight, Stephanie Roche will know if she has seen off competition from Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez to win the Puskas Goal of the Year Award.
Here is a reminder why Roche's goal was the best of 2014.
THE FIRST TOUCH
Simply outstanding. Whereas Rodriguez had a routine ball to control, Roche risked embarrassing herself by even attempting to control a cross in Peamount’s National League game against Wexford Youths last year.
Consider this: Roche had her back to the goal 20 yards out and the ball was fired into her from the right. Three touches later and without the ball even hitting the ground, it was nestling in the back of the net.
Roche’s first touch was as good as you will see in any game you will watch, or have watched this year, male or female.
After a stunning first touch it’s simple really. Get it on the deck and get it out wide and talk about the moment over a beer in the pub afterwards. Not for Roche.
To even think of flicking the ball over her opponent’s to set up a shooting chance take some cheek and a hell of a lot of confidence. At this stage Roche was aware of her position knew exactly what she needed to so to create a yard of.
THE SECOND TOUCH
If Lionel Messi executed this touch, I would not be writing this article. To flick a ball over both your own and your opponent’s head with the outside of your foot is fairytale stuff. Just watch the technique again. And again.
Like Rodriguez, Roche was not directly facing the goal and needed to adjust her body before cracking the ball into the net. Her body position meant she had to get her foot right around the ball to steer it into the right hand side of the net. She displayed incredible technique and power with her actually strike of the ball every bit as good as Rodriquz’s.
Watch James Rodriguez's effort here:
And here is Van Persie's goal: