After a "slow burn" of a season individually by her own admission, Stephanie Roche was delighted to explode into life on the biggest stage as her two-goal salvo sparked Peamount United to a 6-0 victory over Cork City in the Women's FAI Cup final.

The 55-time Republic of Ireland cap scored Peamount's opener less than a minute before half-time at Tallaght Stadium, before adding a second and then setting up the third for Aine O'Gorman to finish off with aplomb.

The eventual six-goal win meant the club ended a run of two consecutive defeats in the final and brought the cup trophy home for the first time since 2010.

On top of that, it sealed a league and cup double for James O'Callaghan's side.

"It's been a bit of a slow burner of a season for me," Roche admitted after her Player of the Match display.

"I've been out with little niggles, a cracked rib and stuff like that, so I was happy to get a run of games coming into the final and being confident in my own ability.

"It's just being fully fit and getting myself ready. I'm already looking forward to next season and getting going properly and to be fully fit the whole year."

With Ireland head coach Vera Pauw undoubtedly a keen observer on the day, Roche added that the performance was not about sending a message in regard to getting back into the international picture: "There's no messages needed. I just want to do my own stuff on the pitch, play with a smile on my face and enjoy football."

The 31-year-old's brace came after a cagey first half of few chances and sparked a second half rout for Peamount.

But Roche felt a goal was all that was needed to settle the nerves and help propel the side into top form for the remainder of the second half.

"Once we scored, we knew it would flow," she said.

"We just had to create a few more chances and thankfully we did and managed to get the goals.

"Cork are a very well-organised team, the manager has them playing the right way and they've got good individual players, so we knew if we gave them a chance and they scored, they'd sit in and make it hard for us to come into it, so it was a cagey first half like a cup final always is.

"But second half, we showed our quality of the players we have and we got the goals we needed to win it."  

With the double achieved, Roche said pushing on in the Champions League was the main aim for 2021, having narrowly missed out to Glasgow City in the qualifying rounds.

"Next year, we're hopefully going to try and go one step further. We were very unlucky against Glasgow, I think we played really, really well and to lose on penalties wasn't nice but that's definitely in the sights for next season," she said.