Australia and the A-League has always been blessed with quality goalkeepers. Mark Schwarzer, Zeljko Kalac, Mark Bosnich, Mat Ryan have all had great careers for club and country. While the current stock might not have as many future Socceroos on the cards there is still plenty of quality. Something that was only display in Round 10 of the A-League starting with Paul Izzo’s performance in Adelaide United’s 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory. But who has been the best goalkeeper so far this season?
Ben Kennedy made 114 appearances playing for the Newcastle Jets between 2006-2017. Many players and staff had come and gone but Kennedy was the one thing that remained at the club. So it was a surprise when he signed for local rivals Central Coast Mariners in the off-season. The 30-year-old starting as Paul Okon’s second choice to the aptly named Thomas Glover, but an injury to the Tottenham loanee saw the Newcastle junior come into the first team, and he has taken the opportunity with both lands.
Kennedy has only conceded 4 goals in his six matches, keeping three clean sheets and making 19 saves. He has also made seven clearances, and won three fouls.
Poor finishing + Ben Kennedy have kept this one at 0-0.
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) 10 December 2017
Eugene Galekovic left Adelaide United for Melbourne City in the off-season after 10 years at the club. He is the most capped Adelaide player with 238 appearances, and won A-League goalkeeper of the year four times. So arguably at lot has been expected of Galekovic since joining City.
He has made a promising start to life between the AAMI Park sticks, making 13 saves, keeping three clean sheets, and only conceding nine goals in his eight matches. As well as 12 catches, 10 clearances, and four punches. However an injury in the warm-up to the match against Newcastle and Man-of-the-Match performance by replacement Dean Bouzanis has kept the 36-year-old on the bench since.
Paul Izzo left Adelaide United in 2015 for game-time due to Galekovic being the number 1 at Coopers Stadium. Two seasons later, Galekovic leaves the club and Izzo replaces him. The Anakin to Eugene’s Obi-wan (belated Star Wars round reference). Izzo was immense in Adelaide’s 2-1 win away to Melbourne Victory, keeping out James Troisi, a Besart Berisha penalty, and a near own goal at the death.
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) 11 December 2017
In the 10 matches he has played this season he has made 34 saves (second most in the league) conceded 12 goals, and kept one clean sheet. However he is the only keeper to have conceded a penalty so far this season.
It was always going to be him. The Sky Blues’ glovesman has kept a league high five clean sheets in 10 matches this season. He has also saved 19 of the 27 shots he has faced, conceding only eight. The 28-year-old has made 10 catches, 10 punches, 16 clearances, and has made one interception so far this season.
It hasn’t always been this good for the former Australian youth international. Born in Gosford, he made his debut for the Mariners in September 2008, despite his near decade long stint in the A-League he has yet to play 100 matches. His A-League journey has taken him from Gosford, to Brisbane, to Melbourne City, to Western Sydney, and now the regular starting goalkeeper with the A-League champions.
Another clean sheet and world class save from Redmayne. Stuff the haters!
— Rossco (@rossco1304) 9 December 2017