Ben Kennedy (footballer, born 1987)

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Ben Kennedy
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Kennedy
Date of birth (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number 1
Youth career
Thornton
South Wallsend
Newcastle Jets Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Newcastle Jets 114 (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 24 April 2016.

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

Ben Kennedy (born 14 February 1987 in Newcastle, Australia) is a soccer 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.

Kennedy started the 2014-15 season as 2nd choice keeper to Mark Birighitti. He made his 2014-15 debut in Round 8, and his no.1 spot was cemented when Mark Birighitti left temporarily due to a 6-month loan deal at Italian Serie B club A.S. Varese. In the Jet's Round 27 clash away to the Brisbane Roar, Kennedy produced a number of great saves to deny Brisbane going 5-0 up in the first half. Despite this, the Jet's were downed 2-1 due to goals from Kofi Danning and Lachlan Jackson, but Kennedy's performance was rewarded with a place in the Team of the Week. Kennedy made a total of 84 saves, only being outnumbered by rival custodian Liam Reddy.

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[3][4] 14 3 6 1 20 4
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[5] 0 0 0 0 5 1 5 1
2009–10[3] 21 3 21 3
2010–11[3] 26 6 26 6
2011–12[3] 24 5 24 5
2012–13[3] 2 0 2 0
2013–14[3] 4 2 4 2
2014–15[3] 21 3 1 0 1 0
Total 112 22 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. ^ a b c d e f g "Ben Kennedy (Newcastle Jets)". Ultimate A-League. 
  4. ^ "Ben Kennedy » Club matches". worldfootball.net. 
  5. ^ Ben Kennedy profile at Soccerway

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