St Kevin’s Boys celebrate their promotion

THE celebrations are coming thick and fast for St Kevin’s Boys’ senior side as they followed up their first trophy in AUL football with promotion for the first time to intermediate ball.

They came up against their main rivals for the final promotion spot from Sunday Major, Ardmore Rovers, and blitzed them 8-0 to seal it in style.

It brought to an end a big week for the club, who had beaten league winners Ayrfield United four days after lifting the Nugent Cup with a 2-1 win over CYM Beechwood.

Kevin’s had to do it the hard way, however, going behind to Tommy O’Brien’s goal early in the second half before Jordan Cromwell and Adam Whelan turned it around.

Larkview got their reward for a fine start to the second half when O’Brien slotted them in front before top scorer Cromwell levelled matters midway through the half.

With a series of important games coming up, including Friday’s FAI Junior Cup semi-final with Sheriff YC, Kevin’s were determined to push on and get the job done inside 90 minutes.

That they did when Whelan popped up late on, the substitute showing good technique to find the net, and a tired Beechwood side had no response.

“It’s a great achievement,” Costello told the Dublin Gazette.

“It’s the first time since we came across to the Leinster Senior League from the AUL three years ago that we’ve won a bit of silverware for the first team.

“The Saturday team had a good win in their league this year but, in regard to the first team, it’s our first piece of silverware which is always a special occasion.

“It’s a long time coming and it’s a bit of a monkey off our backs I think. It was a good night, a good game and it was a great occasion.”

The following night saw the club celebrate their 60th year in existence with a dinner attended by dignitaries from the league, the FAI and partner club Bohemians.

The two clubs have a partnership that sees them field joint teams in the under-13, under-15 and under-17 League of Ireland and continue on in Bohs’ under-19s and senior teams.

That link has already born fruits in the first team: ten of the matchday squad for the EA Sports Cup quarter-final win over Cork City on Monday night were ex-Tangerines.

Perhaps as significantly, both of Bohs’ goalscorers on the night, full debutant Ross Tierney and Danny Mandroiu, both came through the system at Kevin’s.

“That’s what we’re trying to provide. Going to the Leinster Senior League, our goal was to get intermediate football, which is obviously a step up from junior football.

“There is the opportunity for lads who may not be ready for League of Ireland yet, or might not be noticed, to play at a decent level.”