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Rodriguez beats Roche to goal award

Stephanie Roche has missed out on becoming the first woman to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.

Colombia's James Rodriguez was declared the winner from a three-strong shortlist including Republic of Ireland international Roche and Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

Roche became an internet sensation following her stunning volley for Peamount United against Wexford Youths Women last year.

Over six million fans viewed the goal on Youtube and sparked hopes Roche could become the first woman to claim the coveted award at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony.

But despite a concerted campaign Roche was beaten in the public vote by Rodriguez's stunning effort against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.

Unlike her two rivals for the award, Roche's goal was watched by just 95 spectators and was filmed on a camcorder by Wexford coach John Flood.

Roche collected a short cross from the right on her right instep, flicked it over bemused defender Laura Heffernan with her other boot and from 25 yards magicked up a left-footed missile of a volley that found the top-right corner.

Following her nomination, Roche left Ireland to join ASPTT Albi in the south of France - though she is soon to leave the club after struggling with the language barrier.

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