Kevin’s fantastic four

by Karl Graham
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ST KEVIN’S Boys are looking to make history this weekend as they attempt to win four of the five SFAI all-Ireland trophies on offer and, in turn, cement their position as the best schoolboy club in the country.
The club’s Under-12s, Under-13s, Under-14s and Under-16s will all compete in the final of their age group, while the Under-15 side were unlucky to be knocked out by eventual semi-finalists St Joseph’s Boys. Between the different sides, the club have travelled up and down the country as they came up against teams from numerous different counties, all vying to land the top prize in schoolboy football.
The Under-14s have the task of trying to get the club off to a good start when they take to the field against Belvedere FC at Jackson Park in Kilternan on Saturday at 12pm.
They reached this stage by hammering Cherry Orchard 5-0 in the final of the DDSL section, before dispatching of Dublin Trio Knockmitten United, Cherry Orchard and Crumlin United to reach the semi-finals. Kevin’s drew a home tie for that game against Cork’s Midleton and ran out easy 3-0 winners.
Once that game ends, the Under-16 side will take to the same pitch at 2pm with Mervue United standing in their way of success. They actually lost their DDSL final 2-1 against Athlone Town but defeated Ringmahon Rangers, Drogheda Town, Corduff and Villa to reach the all-Ireland final.
Sunday sees the two youngest sides make their way to Jackson Park to tackle their finals, with the Under-12s game against Shamrock Rovers up first at 12pm. The two sides have already met in the DDSL final with Kevin’s winning that tie 3-1.
They then saw off Ringmahon Rangers, Ardee Celtic, Cardonagh and Midleton to book their place in the decider.
Last up is the Under-13 side that will go head to head with Dublin rivals St Joseph’s Boys at 2pm. The two met in the regional playoffs of the DDSL section and it will be Kevin’s who will be seeking revenge after losing that game 3-1.
They will, however, have gained great confidence by taking apart Kells Blackwater FC, Belvedere, Cappry Rovers and Evergreen during a 21 goal run to the final. It is another big weekend for everybody involved at Kevin’s to look forward to with the club still fresh from their successful Academy Cup that saw Barcelona, Olympique Marseille, Deportivo La Coruna and West Bromwich Albion all visit Shanowen Park.
They have also being in the news recently due to the difficulties they have experienced trying to become part of the FAI’s new national leagues – a situation that places a question mark over the continued existence of a club that has produced several international stars from the past and present.

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