Football

Roche in awe of Fabian's goal

She knows a great goal when she sees one. After all, she's done it herself.

Fifa Goal of the Year finalist Stephanie Roche has given her endorsement to Singapore's very own Fabian Kwok, the Geylang International midfielder who thumped in a cracker from near the halfway line straight off the Albirex Niigata goalkeeper's clearance in an S.League match in May.

His effort won plaudits from around the world, and was featured on popular football websites such as Bleacher Report, 101 Great Goals, as well as on British tabloid Mirror Online.

Kwok (below) won the S.League Goal of the Year award, but the 25-year-old was not nominated for the Puskas award.

Roche told The New Paper that she thought Kwok's goal would not be out of place in the top 10.

The 25-year-old Dubliner said: "It's a very good goal, actually very similar to Dejan Stankovic's goal against Schalke in the Champions League in 2011 (the goal made it to the top 10 for the Puskas award that year).

"He (Kwok) has done well to control the ball and keep it down with one touch. Great goal."