Goalkeeper of the Month Awards October 2022

Tue 8th November 2022 | League Awards
By Martin Fallon

The Goalkeeper of the Month awards for October 2022 have been announced.

PREMIER DIVISION - JACK McGOVERN (AFC LIVERPOOL)

The winner in the Premier Division is Jack McGovern, the first goalkeeper for AFC Liverpool to win this since Lee Carr in January 2019.

Jack followed on from his excellent September when he kept three clean sheets, to go one better with four clean sheets in October. The first game of the month saw a man of the match performance against Barnoldswick in a 3-0 victory, followed by another clean sheet in the Macron Cup against the Isle of Man.

The finish to the month was just as impressive, as a serious of top-quality saves and commanding of his area, helped to secure 2-0 and 1-0 wins against Padiham and Avro. This secured his 9th clean sheet of the season from 19 appearances. As well as captaining the side in four out of the six games in October, Jack also helped to set a new Club record for the longest period without conceding a goal: only coming to an end thanks to a deflected shot, after not being beaten for over four and a half games.

Jack is the only ever-present player in the squad this season and continues to perform to the highest standard.

Well done Jack!

FIRST DIVISION NORTH - JOE MASON (FC ST HELENS)

It's their first season in the NWCFL and FC St Helens have their first monthly award with Joe Mason named First Division North Goalkeeper of the Month.

Joe is just 17 years of age, and his performances for the club have been outstanding in League, Cup and FA Vase competitions. The first game of the month against Steeton saw Joe kept a clean sheet, and in the next four games he conceded just one goal in each of the games, contributing massively to help the club gain ten points from twelve in those games.

The final game saw another clean sheet in a 6-0 win over Ashton Town, Joe staying alert throughout the game. Forwards are there to score, but FC St Helens' six game unbeaten run in the month of October is equally down to Joe's performances in the month.

Well done Joe!

FIRST DIVISION SOUTH - KYLE HASLEM (WYTHENSHAWE AMATEURS)

Winning the First Division South Goalkeeper of the Month for the second time is Kyle Haslam, who also collected the award for Wythenshawe Amateurs in January 2022.

The Ammies have enjoyed a successful October, five unbeaten in league and league cup games. The team also played in the Lancashire FA County Cup, however keeper Kyle Haslam didn’t play, giving an opportunity for one of our other keepers to gain match time. Kyle was ever present in the October five match league and league cup unbeaten run, making vital saves in each game.

He ensured we progressed into the next rounds of the Edward Case and Macron Cups, both going to penalty shootouts, following goalless draws, great saves v. New Mills, and an equally great save v. Maine Road. We narrowly beat Barnton away, Kyle faced a one on one, got a hand to hit, palming around the post, ensuring maximum points. We ended Cheadle Town’s 12 unbeaten run, 8 consecutive win, Kyle keeping them at bay.

Kyle has five clean sheets in all five games he has played in October, bringing his total to ten clean sheets for the season already. Kyle would be the first to point out that this is a team performance and not about any individual performance, but, with respect, it would be wrong to ignore his contribution to the team’s achievements in reaching the levels they have. He distributes from the back, the team ready to move forward.

He has shown and demonstrated a consistent level of exemplary keeping, confident and commands his area, a calming influence. He is ever present at all the training sessions, helping and coaching other keepers, a true inspiration for his team mates.

He is a worthy winner for October with his record of clean sheets and important countless saves being second to none.

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