Two excellent young English goalkeepers are likely to take to the Wembley turf on Sunday afternoon with Everton’s Sandy MacIver coming up against Manchester City’s Ellie Roebuck in the 2019/2020 Vitality Women’s FA Cup final.
Aged a little over a year apart, the pair will be instrumental in their respective clubs’ future successes while they could also battling for the England number one jersey for many years to come.
Ahead of Sunday’s 2019/2020 Vitality Women’s FA Cup final, FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have analysed the two players’ individual performance statistics in this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League to see how they compare.
Both players have played every minute of Barclays FA Women’s Super League football so far this season. MacIver has been beaten on three occasions (0.6 goals per game), the division’s fourth-best record, while opposite number Roebuck has conceded five goals (1.0 goal per game).
MacIver has saved 14 of the 16 attempts at her goal (81.3% of shots on target saved) while Roebuck has saved six of 11 shots on the Manchester City goal (63.6% of shots on target saved). Everton stopper MacIver also comes out on top in terms of clean sheets, recording three in five games compared to Roebuck’s two.
Where Roebuck really impresses is her pass accuracy. The Manchester City keeper has completed 65.2% of passes over 40 yards whereas MacIver has found her target in 41.2% of her attempted long passes. Overall, Roebuck has successfully completed a greater percentage of passes (94.0%) than any other player in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. MacIver tends to play the ball out on the floor more than Roebuck with just 7.76% of her distributions thrown compared to Roebuck’s percentage of 11.85%.
In terms of some of the miscellaneous statistics, only Roebuck has faced an opposition penalty kick this season, being beaten by Maren Mjelde in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. The Manchester City keeper has conceded two goals from corner kicks while MacIver has conceded none, although she has been beaten by one of her teammates, Rikke Sevecke finding the back of her own net in the 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Where these two great keepers will undoubtedly earn the biggest plaudits is in the big games and Sunday’s clash at Wembley is a perfect opportunity for both players to show their class to what is sure to be a watching audience going well into the millions.