St Kevin’s Boys Under-13s celebrate their DB Sports Tours Cup win over Linfield

ST KEVIN’S Boys added yet more silverware to their bulging cabinet by leaving the DB Sports Tours Champions Cup at Dundalk’s Oriel Park with two wins from three games.
The tournament pits the current SFAI and Northern Ireland FA cup holders from four age groups against each other, and the Under-13s got St Kevins’ day off to a great start with an impressive 5-1 win over Linfield FC.
They dominated the game from start to finish and took a 3-0 lead into the half-time break courtesy of goals from Danny Jeal, Jamie Murphy and Kevin Zeffi. Daniel Bergin then stepped off the bench in the second half to bag himself a brace and help his side to their fourth trophy of the season.
The Under-14 side were up next but they met a very strong Glentoran outfit in their final and were left disappointed after a 2-0 loss.
However, the Under-15s ensured the day ended on a positive note for the club by running out 2-1 winners over Linfield.
“It was hard to win the four out of four All-Irelands last year and it was a huge achievement for the boys, and a nice way to dust off the cobwebs after Christmas and get a bit of ball in while we are in pre-season,” St Kevin’s PRO Neil Fox told the Dublin Gazette.
“To get two out of the three was a good result. Obviously, Linfield and Glentoran are the best Northern Ireland would have to offer this year, and it was good competition for our boys. We did well in the two games against Linfield and I think Glentoran were the stronger team against us in the Under-14 age group.
“They are big clubs in Northern Ireland and obviously we are trying to achieve that stature with Bohemians [whom they agreed to join forces with foe 2018 onwards at national league level] so the fact that we were able to hold our own against these teams says a lot for the job we are doing down here.
“We are delighted and the coaches are delighted. “Obviously, the Under-14s were disappointed to lose against Glentoran, but the Under-13s and Under-15s did very well.”
While all three teams put in good performances, the stars of the show were undoubtedly the Under-13s.
“They are a fantastic side; they really are,” Fox continued.
“In general, the ethos of the team – as with all the teams – is to play from the back, keep the ball on the ground, work from the midfield and get the ball upfront.
“You could see it in moments of the game that the lads have been working on it and it paid off. In particular, in the Under-15 game, there was a goal with over 20 passes in it so that shows it is working right through the ranks. There are some great players in both those teams.”