It wasn't to be. It may well have been the best goal but we all knew that it would come down to the voting and in the end it's James Rodriguez who has pipped Stephanie Roche to the Puskas Award. Yes, it's very disappointing but nonetheless she's done an incredible job of getting there and shouldering all the media attention.
Here's how the voting broke down.
FIFA #Puskas Award: 3.3 million votes cast! @jamesdrodriguez 42%, @StephanieRoche9 33%, @Persie_Official 11% of all votes. #BallondOr
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) January 12, 2015
That's 1.1 million votes for Roche. Fair to say this hasn't just been an Irish 'get behind our girl thing'. Either way she's done us proud, so thanks Stephanie and we'll look forward to following your career from here.