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  • Northside West

They’re all Bohs boys now

Thursday, 15th February, 2018 6:00pm
They’re all Bohs boys now

The new Bohs St Kevin’s management team of Glen Byrne, Ger Browne and Greg Donohoe. PHOTO: DAVID FITZGERALD/SPORTSFILE

They’re all Bohs boys now

The new Bohs St Kevin’s management team of Glen Byrne, Ger Browne and Greg Donohoe. PHOTO: DAVID FITZGERALD/SPORTSFILE

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A NEW partnership between Bohemian FC and St Kevin's Boys FC that will provide youngsters with a path to League of Ireland soccer was formally launched last week.

Under the agreement, the clubs will enter a joint team when the 2018 SSE Airtricity U15 League season kicks off in March.

The arrangement will be extended to U13 level when the new SSE Airtricity U13 League commences in March 2019.

Ger Browne, supported by a backroom team of Glen Byrne and Greg Donohue, will manage the U15 team.

The partnership brings together the League of Ireland’s oldest club and the country’s most famous schoolboy club.

Both have a proud tradition of nurturing talent and Ireland’s most recent senior international squads are a testament to that.

They featured two former Bohs in Stephen Ward and Matt Doherty and the established former St Kevin’s duo of Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.

Links between the clubs are already established and the 2018 Bohemians first-team squad includes six former St Kevin's players in Phillip Gannon, Jamie Hamilton, Darragh Leahy, Karl Moore, Keith Ward and Dylan Watts.

The St Kevin's DNA also very much runs through the squads of Graham Lawlor's Bohs SSE Airtricity U19 League champions and Jimmy Mowlds' SSE Airtricity U17 League runners-up.

Bohemian FC President Chris Brien said the club was pleased to enter into the partnership. 

"I believe it is a perfect match between a club with a great history in schoolboy football and the oldest senior club in the State, one with its own wonderful history over 128 years,” he added.

"St Kevin's has produced a number of outstanding players over the years and this partnership gives a clear pathway for their players to go from schoolboy football, through the elite teams all the way into the senior team.

“It also means that Bohemians are getting excellent young players at all levels. It is a definite win-win for both clubs.

"Players will also win. They can now see their future stretch before them and there is no rush to try and get a move abroad. They can remain in Ireland, complete their education and still play football at an elite level.

“If they do eventually move abroad they will be more mature and, hopefully, better prepared to handle the situation.”

St Kevin's Football Director, Ken Donohoe, said the schoolboy club was delighted with the strategic partnership.

"It is an opportunity for both clubs to further grow and present a clearly defined pathway for coaches and elite players from the youngest age groups at foundation level right through to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and beyond using the expertise within both clubs that have made them so successful in their respective spheres up to now,” he continued.

"The complementary nature of this partnership will be unmatched as the full weight of experience of nearly 60 years that SKB have gained at schoolboy level is aligned to the tradition of one of the giants of League of Ireland football in Bohemian FC. 

"Both clubs have a strong history of developing some of the finest players that the country has produced. This partnership will only enhance that and it will create opportunities for players from both clubs to maximise their potential in a highly professional and competitive environment.

"We would like to take this opportunity to wish Keith Long, his staff and players the best of luck for the coming season and we are sure that the young players currently at U19, U17 and U15 will very soon be pushing to be a part of the Bohemians first-team squad.”

Steven Nolan, Jamie Hamilton and Darragh Leahy of Bohs with Michael and Zach from St Kevin’s Boys.

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