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Pure Chance Turned A Teenage Caoimhin Kelleher Into A Goalkeeper

Pure Chance Turned A Teenage Caoimhin Kelleher Into A Goalkeeper

Members of the Ringmahon Rangers club jumped off seats in the Red Cove Inn when Caoimhin Kelleher saved Dani Ceballos's spot kick, helping Liverpool to a penalty shootout win against Arsenal in the League Cup.

Cork side Ringmahon was Kelleher's club before he joined Liverpool in 2015.

The 20-year-old made his second competitive start for Liverpool on Wednesday. The game, which finished 5-5 after 90 mintutes, was also the Corkman's Anfield debut.

Speaking to 2FM's Game On on Thursday, Ringmahon coach Sean Fitzgerald explained that Kelleher got his first opportunity to play in goal for the club by pure chance.

"He's down to earth," said Fitzgerald.

He was a striker for years in the club, he was a striker up to under-14s. He was banging in goals. He was getting 20 - 25 goals a season.

The goalkeeper went on strike. Something happened with the team and Caoimhin's father just said to the manager Eddie Harrington, 'Throw Caoimhin in goal, he's always practising with the Cork teams'.

They put him in goals at under-14s and the rest is history.

He was in high demand: Aston Villa were in, Man Utd were onto us. Once he went over to Liverpool, he fell in love with the place and I couldn't blame him.

Along with Kelleher, the club has also produced Ireland international Alan Browne and his Preston North End teammate Adam O'Reilly.

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"All the hard work that goes on down in Ringmahon, there's coaches down there morning, noon and night at the weekends," said Fitzgerald.

"We have all the jerseys hanging up on the walls from our internationals. It just gets better and better; there's a smile on your face every day you walk in the gates.

"We have fantastic facilities: astroturf, dressing rooms, the gym. It's all behind-the-scenes work, it's neverending."

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