Brianna Davey

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Brianna Davey
Brianna Davey.jpg
Davey with Melbourne Victory in 2012
Personal information
Full name Brianna Iris Davey
Date of birth (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 20)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Melbourne Victory[1] 38 (0)
2013 Linköping FC (loan) 5 (0)
2015– Melbourne City 0 (0)
National team
Australia U20
2012– Australia 8 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

Brianna Iris Davey (born 13 January 1995)[2] is an Australian soccer goalkeeper who currently plays for Australian W-League team Melbourne City. She is best known for displacing current Matildas captain and former number one goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri at Melbourne Victory, forcing her to find another club.

Club career[edit]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

Davey was initially an Australian Rules Football player until discovered kicking a football at age 13 by a soccer scout while on a family holiday. Instantly discovered to have a talent as goalkeeper, Davey made inroads early and made Victorian reprentative and elite squads.

Signed to Melbourne Victory Women as a fifteen-year-old as back-up keeper to Barbieri in Season 2010/11, she made three appearances in the short 11 match season.

Doing enough to prove to Head Coach Vicki Linton that not only was she a prospect for the future, but that she was already as talented as the ageing Barbieri, Linton made the tough call to cut the National Team Captain and instill Davey as the number one choice.

Although many fans voiced their protest on Twitter, Facebook and internet forums, it only took a handful of matches for Davey to prove her worth. With many incredible saves and a safe pair of hands, coupled with the fact that Barbieri's form was shaky for her new club Newcastle Jets, Davey was the standout keeper for the first half of Season 2011/12 of the Westfield W-League.

Despite an injury keeping her out of the Week Six match against Brisbane Roar, Davey has started every other match looking composed and showing experience beyond her years.

Sweden[edit]

In August 2013, Davey agreed to play for Swedish Damallsvenskan club Linköping FC during the Australian off-season. Linköping coach Martin Sjögren required a replacement for Sofia Lundgren, who had a back injury. On signing Davey Sjögren described her as "probably the world's most talented goalkeeper".[3]

Melbourne City[edit]

On 20 August 2015, after five years with Victory, Davey signed a contract with intra-city rivals Melbourne City, becoming the first ever goalkeeper for their newly-created W-League side.[4]

International career[edit]

Davey has represented Australia in the Young Matildas, often facing-off for the starting position with Brisbane Roar prodigy Casey Dumont.

After being involved in national team camps for over a year, Davey made her international debut for the Matildas in a 4–0 friendly victory over Haiti; keeping a clean sheet.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melbourne Victory Westfield W-League Players". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Player profile - Brianna Davey". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Stockdale, Craig (15 August 2013). "Davey responds to Linköping’s call for help". The Football Sack. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Melbourne City FC Signs Goalkeeper Brianna Davey". melbournecityfc.com.au. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Westfield Matildas open US tour with big win". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 14 September 2012.