Ben Kennedy (goalkeeper)

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Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy.jpg
Kenndedy in 2007
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Kennedy
Date of birth (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number 20
Youth career
Thornton
South Wallsend
Newcastle Jets Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Newcastle Jets 91 (0)
National team
2006 Australia U-20 1 (0)
2007 Australia U-23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2010

Ben Kennedy (born 14 February 1987 in Newcastle, Australia) is a football (soccer) player goalkeeper who plays for the Newcastle United Jets in the A-League.

Biography[edit]

Kennedy was a train-on player for the Jets, but was brought into the full squad for the 2006/07 Hyundai A-League season. Until half-way through the 2006-2007 A-League season, Newcastle only had the inexperienced Ben Kennedy as a registered goalkeeper in their squad, until former Socceroo Ante Covic joined the squad.

Kennedy became the Jets first-choice goalkeeper for the 2009-10 A-League season thanks to some strong performances in the 2009 AFC Champions League, after the departure of Ante Covic to Sweden. However, he was criticised by his coach Branko Čulina for poor performances during the season and making mistakes that cost the Jets vital points.[1][2]

He was replaced as Newcastle's first choice keeper by Neil Young, due to impressive performances by the 30-year-old. Young was injured when he broke his nose and Kennedy came back into the team. Kennedy was the hero in the match against Gold Coast United, making crucial saves throughout the game and saving two penalties, in a game that Newcastle won 6-5.[3][4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 September 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Newcastle Jets 2006–07[5][6] 14 3 6 1 20 4
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[7] 0 0 0 0 5 1 5 1
2009–10[5] 21 3 21 3
2010–11[5] 26 6 26 6
2011–12[5] 24 5 24 5
2012–13[5] 2 0 2 0
2013–14[5] 4 2 4 2
2014–15[5] 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 91 19 7 1 5 1 103 21
Career total 91 19 7 1 5 1 103 21

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season closing during group stages (i.e. ACL 2009 and A-League season 2008–09 etc.)

Honours[edit]

With Newcastle Jets:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leeson, Josh (2009-10-19). "Branko cranks up the heat on Jets | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ Leeson, Josh (2009-10-18). "Culina lays blame on Kennedy for lost points | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  3. ^ Gardiner, James (2010-02-21). "Man of the moment Kennedy keeping focused on next goal | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  4. ^ By  Sportal Australia (2010-02-20). "Kennedy The Penalty Hero - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Ben Kennedy (Newcastle Jets)". Ultimate A-League. 
  6. ^ "Ben Kennedy » Club matches". worldfootball.net. 
  7. ^ Ben Kennedy profile at Soccerway

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