The famous St. Kevin’s football club sent out a gentle reminder of the talent that they nurture at schoolboy level after a fantastic 3-0 victory over their Genk counterparts in the under-13 Academy cup.
The Shanowen Road side comfortably dispatched the Belgians 3-0 in the prestigious youth tournament that also contains youth sides from Barcelona, Depotivo La Coruna, West Bromwich Albion and Olympique Marseille.
Highlights from the St Kevins Boys vs KRC Genk game this morning.
Posted by St Kevin's Boys FC on Friday, April 14, 2017
Kevin’s are probably most famous for producing Irish legends Liam Brady and Damien Duff as well as current international stars Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick. It is probably Ireland’s most famous football nurseries and continues to develop well rounded and technically gifted players. The club offers hope that Ireland can continue to produce quality footballers despite fears of a narrowing talent pool.
Genk have produced some notable players of their own with Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois and Christian Benteke among those to graduate from their youth set up. Hendrick’s Burnley teammate Steven Defour also learned his trade at the side who’s senior team are enjoying a great run in the Europa League. It shows the high standards that Kevin’s have proudly maintained.
The result and more notably the performance of Kevin’s in Academy Cups in recent years show that there is still plenty of talent available in Ireland with the club an ideal place for exciting young players to develop. They played La Coruna in the first of Saturday’s semi-finals followed by Barcelona’s clash with Marseille.
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