Non-League keeper’s stop is so good fans are branding it ‘save of the decade’
A semi-professional goalkeeper has been likened to prime Manuel Neuer after pulling off an absolute stonker of a save in an FA Cup qualifying match over the weekend.
Worthing were 1-0 up in a tasty all-Sussex affair against fellow National League South outfit Eastbourne Borough, and were holding on for dear life in the dying embers. 21-year-old keeper Roco Rees had just pulled off a solid save low to his left, but the ball bounced up onto the waiting forehead of Eastbourne striker Zak Emmerson, who was six yards out with a gaping goal to aim at.
But out of nowhere Rees sprang off the ground like a demented cat to keep Emmerson's header out with an outstretched palm, before making an instantaneous follow-up save by punching the ball clear to stop his opponent bundling the it home from close range.
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Fans on social media were in awe of Rees' incredible acrobatics, with one even labelling his stop the "save of the decade." Another said: "That is legitimately one of the best saves I've ever seen in my life."
A third added: "That was prime Manuel Neuer. Insane reflexes," while a fourth wrote: "Who is this guy? Even if the rest of his game is terrible he's surely too good to be playing Non-League." Another added: "Save of the season. End the competition now. That man has won it hands down."
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Worthing, who have now advanced to the third qualifying round of the cup, are currently flying high in the sixth-tier of English football, having won six of their first nine league matches to hold second-place in the National League South.
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They've been on the rise for the past few years having earned promotion from the Isthmian League back in 2022, and securing a fourth-place finish in the National League South at the first time of asking.
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