Stephanie Roche to eclipse World Cup 2014 goals in Puskas Award?
The odds are out for the FIFA 2014 Puskas Award, which gets handed to the player who scored the goal of the year. It doesn’t matter what league, what country, everybody is up for a shout really in this one. Heading up the market favouritism at online bookmaker William Hill has been Colombia’s James Rodriguez for his goal against Uruguay at the World Cup.
His strike was one of the most sublime, magical moments in the history of the World Cup, collecting the ball on his chest, swiveling and volleying into the top corner of the net, in one majestic move. All from well outside the box. That Rodriguez goal, which was named as the best goal of the World Cup 2014, is 4/7 favourite to land the award, and two more World Cup stunners follow.
Robin van Persie scored that ridiculously brilliant diving header for Holland against Spain at the World Cup and has been backed into 5/2 second favourite for the award. Australia’s Tim Cahill netted an unforgettable strike against the Netherlands in the group stage too, his left foot volley from a long ball, another of the highlights of Brazil 2014.
But will the World Cup strikes be upstaged from an effort from Irish Ladies football? During her spell with Peamount United in Ireland’s WSL, Stephanie Roche scored a spectacularly spectacular goal against Wexford Youth Ladies. Roche controlled a cross on the volley with one foot, juggled it back to herself with her other foot, spun around and cracked a volleyed drive into the back of the net from outside of the box.
Roche has sinced moved on to ASPTT Albi in France, but the Republic of Ireland international has started to receive some big recognition for her goal, and has been moved into 10/1 fourth favourite, and a real dark horse shot in the 2014 Puskas Award.