Remember this gorgeous goal by Irishwoman Stephanie Roche that went viral last year? Now it’s been shortlisted, together with goals by Robin van Persie, Diego Costa and others, for FIFA’s Puskás Award for the best goal of 2014!
It’s a wonderful goal, and a wonderful reminder of the everyday heroics that sport can produce, in small competitions as well as on the grand televised stage! Once upon a time, these moments lived only in local lore. Nowadays you’re just as likely to find a stalwart supporter with a HD camera in the crowd, and moments of greatness can find the international recognition they deserve.
I’m serious about that. This is a world class goal, and that’s proved by the fact of its viral success: 2.5 million hits on YouTube.
Congratulations Steph! The rest of you – go here now and vote for her!