In 2014, Stephanie Roche and her wonder goal for Peamount United caught the attention of the global sports world.

The goal went viral and she was nominated for the Puskas Award, alongside some of the greatest players in the game, making it to the final three with Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez.

It was a special moment for Roche, one that changed her life in many ways but ultimately that recognition brought pressure and expectation.

"I think even now looking back that a lot of teams expected me to be scoring wonder goals every week," said Roche speaking on We Become Heroes, a RTÉ Sport podcast.

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"The manager and people in football understand that doesn't happen but I think, from the outside people looking in, if I wasn't scoring goals or I wasn't doing certain things that maybe meant that I wasn't doing well.

"For me looking back now, my best spell was probably at Sunderland when I was there, I played left wing-back. I didn't play up front, I didn't play in the 10, I didn't really get forward a lot, I was more of a defensive player and tried to get forward when I could but I think people from the outside looking in were thinking, 'she didn't score any goals so must not have done well'.

"That was difficult because I played quite a few games and enjoyed my time there but it was just a different style of football, different positions so I think yeah people from the outside may have been expecting to be seeing overhead kicks and volleys from 40 yards, every week, but that is not to be the case like."

Roche during the 2020 FAI Women's Senior Cup Final

Unfortunately Roche was blighted with injury in the years after the award nomination and she didn't get a chance to fulfil her potential as a footballer.

She spent time at several clubs including ASPTT Albi in France, Houston Dash in the US, Sunderland in England and CF Florentia in Italy before returning to Peamount in 2020.

"I've had a huge amount of luck with the Puskas with the goal being caught on video and everything else but Dean (Zambra) and I have had several conversations and we look back on everything that I've done and we feel like since then I've had so much bad luck as well.

"And obviously people don't hear about all the bad luck but there's been so many things that have happened.

"Things not working out in America, and the leg break, and going to Italy, getting injured and then a lot of crap that went on over there so much things that you wouldn't even think would ever have to happen to a footballer.

"But I think the biggest thing for me was breaking my leg a few years ago. I think that kind of really set me back. I remember when it happened, I kind of had a thought in my head, I was panicking and upset because I thought, this is bad.

"I had my scan and found out it wasn't my ACL, I was assured that it wasn't all that bad but then I ended up being out for 18 months. It was a difficult time."

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When Roche returned to Peamount, she was determined to start enjoying her football again. The 2020 season was a tough one with Covid but Roche and her team-mates finished on a high by winning the league and Cup double.

"I think I've had to persevere, I’ve had criticism, I’ve been in and out of the Irish team. I've had so many things go really well for me but also have so many things go wrong for me.

"So for me, it's always been about proving people wrong. I think that's something that's really spurred me throughout my whole career.

"Whenever things don't go right, I've always gone away from a situation and said look I know I'm good enough to be able to do this again and having the right people around me reiterating that as well helps.

"I think the Cup final last year is probably the best way to describe it because I finished the season on a high scoring two goals. I got player of the match, and even looking back on the game there's definitely things that I feel like I need to improve on.

"It wasn't a complete performance by any means but I had a really good game on a big stage and I felt that was kind of me saying, 'I'm not gone yet, I'm not done yet, I'm here and I still have a lot more to do.'"

We Become Heroes is a podcast hosted by RTÉ Sport journalist Marie Crowe, featuring some of Ireland's biggest sports stars.

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