Stephanie Roche hopes to land world goal honour in Zurich

Stephanie Roche is shortlisted for the Puskas award

Stephanie Roche insists her world goal of the year contender was no fluke.

Republic of Ireland women's player Roche, Colombia's James Rodriguez and Dutch star Robin van Persie will be the hopefuls for the Puskas Award at Monday's Fifa Ballon d'Or gala.

Roche recently successfully re-enacted her remarkable goal after a request by a French TV station.

"They asked me after training whether I'd try to replicate it and thankfully enough I was able to do it," she said.

"I pulled it off a couple of times and people realised it wasn't a fluke, which was nice. I did it on my second go."

Roche's spectacular effort for Irish women's team Peamount United against Wexford Youths in front of only 95 people on 13 October, 2013 means she will join the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at Fifa's annual awards in Zurich.

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Wexford coach John Flood brought his video kit to the ground that was intended purely for his post-match analysis but which instead reaped the only recording of a goal now viewed over six million times on YouTube.

Roche, 25, was named on a 10-player long-list by Fifa in November before making the cut to the elite three in December.

It made her the first woman to feature on a Puskas Award final shortlist, and the first player from Ireland.

"I got a tweet from Fifa to say my name was in the top 10 for the Puskas Award and it was a surprise," said Roche.

"It was nothing too official until I got to the top three and they got in touch with the Football Association of Ireland and made contact with me."

The jaw-dropping moment for Peamount came when 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 hammered a left-footed volley into the top right corner of the net.

Roche's remarkable goal helped earn her a professional contract with French top-flight team ASPTT Albi although she is now set to join another club.

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Albi said last week that Roche had decided to leave them after six months although the Irishwoman refused to comment on the issue in the BBC Radio Foyle interview.

The Republic of Ireland international was earning a reported £650 a month in France, plus her accommodation costs, and the French outfit's manager said she had received offers from "richer clubs".

Fifa has a public vote to decide the Puskas Award and Roche has been attempting to drum up support for her goal.

"I'm quite excited about the ceremony now," added the Irishwoman.

"I haven't had much time to think about it over the last few months, I've just been doing all I can to promote the goal."

Roche represented the Republic of Ireland Under-17 team as a 14-year-old and since making her senior international debut in 2008, has gone on to accumulate 28 caps.

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