Irish actor JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS has likened his Golden Globe triumph on Monday night (16JAN06) to winning prestigious English soccer competition the FA Cup.

The Match Point hunk was named the Best Actor In A Mini-Series Or Film Made For Television for his performance in ELVIS, something he compares to triumphing in the historic cup which features hundreds of English soccer teams.

He says, "It's like scoring a goal for (London-based soccer team) Arsenal in the FA Cup to win it. It does big things for your career.

"When you look at the people I was up against - Kenneth Branagh, Donald Sutherland and ED HARRIS - they're all very accomplished actors.

"You kind of dream that you'll win but you never think it will become a reality."

And the 28-year-old hopes his Golden Globe success will convince the Academy Award judges to nominate him for this year's (06) Best Actor Oscar.

He says, "There is a good chance, with Match Point getting so much attention, that I might get a nod for that.

"But you never know, it's a very tough category."