Kevin’s the SFAI kings

by Karl Graham
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ST KEVIN’S Boys completed a remarkable achievement last weekend by contesting four SFAI All-Ireland finals at Jackson Park, and walking away with all four national trophies.
And the club hope it will give them a big boost to their hopes of finally being allowed in from the League of Ireland wilderness.
The club’s Under-14s edged out Belvedere FC, the Under-16s got the better of Galway’s Mervue United, and the Under-12s defeated Shamrock Rovers.
The Under-13s completed the quadruple in a tasty encounter with rivals St Joseph’s boys on Sunday afternoon.
It continues Kevin’s outstanding recent history with the All-Ireland finals having won three of the five available in 2014.
One of the sides who won that year, the Under-15s, became the first team ever to win the competition four years in a row. Their latest achievement, however, is probably the greatest of all.
“I think to get to four All-Ireland finals is an achievement in itself but to win all four of them is absolutely fantastic,” St Kevin’s PRO Neil Fox told GazetteSport.
“It’s great for the club because we are fighting an ongoing battle to get into the League of Ireland, and this proves we are good at what we do. Hopefully this might get us on-board.”
The battle Fox is talking about is their struggle to convince the FAI to allow them to be part of their new national underage leagues or else convince a League of Ireland side to link up with them in order for them to compete that way.
“I don’t know if it is the FAI’s fault or the clubs; it is a tough one to call. We have spoken to every League of Ireland club in the country and have had different reactions.
“We’re optimistic because we are going to keep fighting this and hopefully someone will bring us on board.”
Kevin’s have long done their talking on the pitch but know they now have a fight on their hands to secure the future of arguably Ireland’s greatest ever schoolboy club.
“I think we are proving our value with four All-Irelands. Also, during the summer, six players are going to be leaving St Kevin’s for English clubs so we are doing something right.
“I think to beat Shamrock Rovers is a huge testament to the effort, commitment and coaching we put into our players within the club. We are constantly fighting this battle and we are not going to give it up,” Fox concluded.
There is no respite in the hunt for silverware for St Kevin’s as the Under-17 side will compete in a final of their own this Saturday when they take on Nurney Villa FC in the Leinster youth final in Newbridge.

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