Andrew Redmayne's penalty shoot-out antics earn A-League title for Sydney FC

A-League Grand Final - Perth v Sydney

Unlike most outfield players, goalkeepers absolutely love penalty shoot-outs.

It’s their time to shine. Their moment in the spotlight.

Keepers can’t really lose in a shoot-out. Even if they dive the wrong way for every spot-kick, they’ll rarely get the blame. The player taking the penalty always has the advantage over the goalkeeper.

Many keepers down the years have become instant heroes with their clubs and national sides after helping their teams win penalty shoot-outs.

And the latest goalkeeper to become a hero is Sydney FC’s Andrew Redmayne.

The 30-year-old, who represented Australia at Under-23 level during the 2010/11 season, had kept a clean sheet against Perth Glory in the A-League Grand Final at the Optus Stadium.

And so the game went to penalties, where Redmayne decided to bring out some rather unusual dance moves.

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Perhaps taking inspiration from the likes of Jerzy Dudek and Bruce Grobbelaar, Redmayne pulled off a series of bizarre movements in a bid to psyche out Perth Glory’s penalty takers.

And it worked to perfection.

The 6ft 4in shot-stopper helped his team secure a 4-1 win in the shoot-out, saving two spot-kicks from Andy Keogh and Brendon Santalab – the latter whose failed panenka penalty was his last kick as a professional footballer.

Watch the video here…

Elite mind-games!

Goalkeepers across the world will now be trying to copy Redmayne’s antics.

After helping Sydney FC secure the A-League title, Redmayne was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “Pure elation. Amazing performance. We knew it was going to be tough and a tactical battle and that’s what it was. Just happy we could do it for our captain, our leader Alex Brosque.”

A-League Grand Final - Perth v Sydney

This was 35-year-old Brosque’s last match and he has Redmayne to thank for his final winners’ medal.

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