A-League’s greatest goalkeeper blunders

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After Tom Glover’s not-so-spectacular attempted save during the Melbourne Derby, The Football Sack has been racking its brains for the best goalkeeper blunders that have happened throughout the seasons.

In case you are not quite sure what I am talking about, here is a brief refresh.

Glover’s mighty fumble was not enough to give Melbourne Victory the win they were so desperately chasing, but it was enough to stop Melbourne City finishing the match with a clean sheet.

Yet the mess-up is still tame in comparison to the other keeper blunders on this list.

9. Mark Birighitti (and Kye Rowles)

I debated whether I should include this bizarre turn of events found a couple of weeks back in round 14 when Melbourne Victory met the Central Coast Mariners because on a technicality it was really an own goal by defender Kye Rowles.

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Yet I do not feel like Mark Birighitti should be let off the hook too easily. With Adama Traore coming in from the left, it was not too hard to see where the ball would end up, so this one may be a strong contender.

8. Ben Kennedy

Ben Kennedy was seemingly cursed with butterfingers syndrome when he produced this howler that put Adelaide United up 3-0 against his squad.

The ball eventually found the back of the net when the Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper let a simple Craig Goodwin free-kick slip through his fingers.

7. Ante Covic

If you wanted to show any player in your attacking third just how to keep calm in front of goal, this is one of the videos I would suggest you show them.

During the Newcastle Jet’s 2007/08 A-League season, ‘keeper Ante Covic came head-on with one of Adelaide’s strikers and would have just managed to keep his cool long enough to hold the ball to the ground if not for Jesper Håkansson.

Thinking the danger was over he let it swing past, but not before Håkansson slightly tapped the ball to his left, sending it straight into the net.

6. Vedran Janjetović 

Cast your minds back. It is 2014 and Sydney and the Wanderers were facing off at Allianz Stadium.

The Wanderers again had a 1-0 lead over their Sky-Blue counterparts, a scramble outside of the box ended in disaster for Sydney after Janjetović effortlessly punched the ball into the back of the net, giving the Wanderers a stress-free 2-0 lead.

5. Matt Ryan

It is hard to associate Australia’s first choice keeper with making any dire mistakes, but before Matt Ryan was making his mark in the EPL, he made a different kind of mark with Central Coast.

Remembering to be aware of your surroundings is a lesson Ryan had to learn the hard way with this fumble in 2010, when he casually caught the ball behind the goal line.

4. Tando Velaphi

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Tando Velaphi’s glorious effort against Wellington Phoenix is arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing keeper blunders to make this list.

The Perth Glory keeper at the time got his team off to the worst possible start after he kicked the ball into the centre of the very net he was supposed to defend.

I could not find video evidence of this outstanding mishap, but the picture should help the imagination.

3. Vedran Janjetović (Again)

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Let me set the scene: Oriol Riera put the dominant Western Sydney Wanderers ahead at the 23-minute mark and then barely 180 seconds later, Janjetović needlessly charged out of his area to join a contest between teammate Josh Risdon and Sydney marquee Adam Le Fondre near the sideline.

The Wanderers goalkeeper failed to impact on the duel, and Le Fondre managed to wriggle free with the ball to have a sight at an unguarded net with opposition defenders scrambling back.

2. Eugene Galekovic

Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic gifted Brisbane Roar in 2015 their second goal of the match and demonstrated to the entire league how to be on the wrong end of this hilarious blunder.

First, unnecessarily charge off your lines and misjudge the ball’s path, Second ‘clear’ the ball towards your own net and lastly fail at grabbing the goal-bound ball out of the air.

1. Liam Reddy

Making our way into the number one stop is Liam Reddy who somehow forgot he was a goalkeeper and not a superstar forward.

During Perth Glory and Melbourne City in the 2016/2017 season, Reddy decided mid-match he was going to try his luck changing his position to a centre forward, leaving his goal completely unmanned.

As karma would have it, the trip to the middle of the pitch only resulted in heartbreak for the Glory, when City defenders stole the ball and had a clear shot at the goal.

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Suzanna Telai
Football enthusiast and student journalist, covering Western United for the 2019/20 A-League season