Stephanie Roche scores another goal of the year contender

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Stephanie Roche, runner-up in last year's FIFA Goal of the Year award, could find herself up for another nomination this year after scoring another wonder goal. 

The 25-year-old, from the Republic of Ireland, was nominated for her exceptional goal when playing for Peamount United against Wexford Youths. She took the ball under control, flicked it over an opponent before volleying past a motionless goalkeeper.

At it again

And her latest goal showed that she is no one-trick pony. Roche was representing Republic of Ireland women in a game against Costa Rica. Needing only two touches this time, she takes the ball on her chest before thumping it into the roof of the net. 

It was Roche's first goal this year and her seventh for Ireland as their Istria Cup campaign ended with a 2-1 win over the World Cup finalists in Croatia on Wednesday afternoon. 

After the game, she said: "I was glad that I had the opportunity to get the shot off.

"I gave Denise (O’Sullivan) a shout because I knew it was on my better foot, and luckily enough she left it for me and I managed to get it out of my feet and get a shot.

"Sue (Ronan) and Paul (Martyn) and the rest of the staff have been telling us that we have to finish our chances."

Puskas award

James Rodriguez's volley against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup last-16 was the winner of the FIFA Puskas award last year, with Roche's strike ahead of Robin van Persie's header against Spain in the group stages of the same tournament. 

The striker is bound for the States after joining Houston Dash in the US National Women Soccer League from French side ASPTT Albi. She will be the first Irish woman to play in the league. 

Earlier on Friday, she tweeted a photo of her plane ticket to Houston as she starts her American adventure.

If Roche continues to score with strikes like this, she may well be booking a ticket to Zurich in January for FIFA's awards ceremony alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi again. 

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