Kev’s four star target

by Dave Donnelly

St Kevin’s Boys kept their dream of capturing four SFAI Cup titles alive as their under-14s beat Cherry Orchard 4-0 to lift the Goodson Cup on Friday night.

The Under-13s have already lifted their age-grade trophy, while the Under-12s and Under-15s will travel to Turner’s Cross in Cork to contest their all-Ireland finals on Sunday.

Sean Grehan, Somtochi Agbaje, Ben Curtis and Evan Ferguson scored for the Under-14s as they overcame their Dublin rivals Orchard at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbottstown.

Grehan opened the scoring in the first half as he slotted home from close range after controlling well in the area.

Agbaje made it two in the second half as he won a 50/50 challenge with the Orchard goalkeeper before finishing into an empty net.

Ben Curtis made it three from the penalty spot ten minutes from time after Ferguson wass fouled in the area.

And Ferguson put the icing on the cake with the best of the let, a swirling free kick from distance that bent just enough to creep inside the post.

The result was all the more resounding given that Orchard had beaten Kevin’s 14s twice this season in the league and were considered heavy favourites going into the game.

“It was a different performance from the 14s,” St Kevin’s PRO Neil Fox told the Dublin Gazette.

“They’ve been beaten by that Cherry Orchard team twice this year, and they’ve always had running battles with them. They’ve been tough opposition for them.

“The coaches have changed their game plan a little bit, changed a couple of players around different positions, and it worked very well.

“They were outstanding on the day. They were winning first tackles, second tackles, and they took their chances.”

Kevin Lambe’s 14s are an exciting crop of players who have done battle with this Orchard side since Under-8 level.

Next season will see a large number of this side move to League of Ireland level via Kevin’s association with Bohemians, while Orchard have a looser arrangement with St Patrick’s Athletic.

“A lot of them have been with the club since they were kids. They’re an excellent side. There’s a lot of good players that could certainly step up.

“Because they’re 14s, a lot of these players would be hoping to move onto League of Ireland, hopefully with us with the Bohs connection, but some of them might want to go to other clubs.”

While the Under-18s were unfortunate in defeat to Tramore in their final, Kevin’s remain on course to replicate last season’s outstanding haul of four all-Ireland titles.

“We won four last year and we’re going for four again this year. We have two more going to Cork on Sunday – the 12s and our 15s are playing in Turner’s Cross.

“I’ve been to Sligo, Galway, Cork, all over the country the last year. That’s success – if you want to win things, you have to travel, but it’ll be well worth it.

“Hopefully they can win the other two SFAI Cups and that will give us the four.

“It’s another fantastic achievement for everyone in the club.”

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