As the A-League regular season winds down to a close, it is a good time to reflect on all the action and recognise some of the top performers.

The competition boasts some talented goalkeepers with many of the ten clubs possessing quality between the sticks. It was hard to split them but three have stood out from the pack this year.

3. Thomas Sørensen (Melbourne City)

With a long stint in the English Premier League and more than a hundred games for his native Denmark signing Sørensen was a coup for Melbourne City, even if he is at the tail end of his career.

John van’t Schip’s side have conceded the third highest number of goals (39) in the competition but that is more a reflection of their gung ho attacking style than their goalkeeper’s ability.

Sørensen has been on hand all season to save his side after they’ve been caught up field and his fine reflexes certainly haven’t faded.

Although he’s only kept four clean sheets, he’s made a huge number of saves (93) and kept out 70% of the shots he has faced. He’s had a lot to do this year.

The Great Dane has had a knack for stepping up in big games, most notably shining in the Melbourne Derby in December to earn his club the bragging rights.

2. Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)

The veteran stopper missed a chunk of the start of the season with a knee injury and his return to the Adelaide side as they began their tremendous rise up the table is no coincidence. They now boast the best defensive record in the league.

In his 18 games this campaign, he’s kept ten cleansheets and only conceded 12 goals. Compare that to his stand-in John Hall, who leaked 15 goals in just six appearances.

Galekovic brings a calmness and composure between the sticks that his team sorely missed during his absence. He is arguably the most reliable keeper in the competition with mistakes a rarity. Not much gets past the Adelaide skipper and he has saved 80% of the shots he’s faced this season.

Having just made his 250th appearance for the club earlier this month, United will rely on his experience and leadership as they make an unlikely late dash for the Premiership.

1. Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)

Who knows where Newcastle would be without their star man in goal? It hasn’t been a particularly bright season for the Jets but Birighitti’s performances have been a highlight.

Birighitti has only missed a single game this year and that was because he needed a week off to replace some missing teeth after copping a Shane Smeltz boot to the mouth.

That brave dive at the feet of the striker sums up Birighitti’s commitment to denying any attacker who dares test him.

When he gets going it can be incredibly difficult to beat him and he has shown that several times this season, making stunning save after stunning save with his defence struggling to contain the opposition.

The Jets sit in eighth place and they have conceded 37 goals. That’s less than the two top placed sides in Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar (both 39). They have also let in considerably less goals than the two teams below them in Wellington Phoenix (48) and Central Coast Mariners (62).

Birighitti deserves a lot of the credit. He’s already made a staggering 91 stops so far with a saving rate of 72%. At times he’s been freakish.

The in-form keeper admitted recently this season was his “best year throughout (his) footballing career.” If the Jets want to improve for next season, it has to be with him in goal. At just 24 years of age he’s only going to get better. A scary thought for strikers everywhere.

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