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SKB Academy Cup an Easter Treat for visitors to Shanowen Theatre of Dreams

ST KEVIN’S BOYS ACADEMY CUP:

ST KEVIN’S BOYS………….0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN……..3

THE Shanowen Theatre was looking its best. As always. Santry was scorched in Saturday sunshine.

One local resident looked on from the top of his extension. The spectator on a hot tin roof.

A decent crowd lined the terraces. There were many scouts among them.

The scouts were studying the team-sheets when the teams came out. Marching to the sound of the Champions League.

Right from the kick-off, there was a sharp tempo to the fifty minutes. Here were two teams that were treating the Easter egg with care.

The ball melted into the boots of Enes Yilmaz and Jan Hausmann. The best tackler in Dublin was soon at work. St Kevin’s Derin Adewale, the most tidy of left full-backs.

He is always so crisp into the challenge. He keeps his passes simple. And he’s as brave as they come.

It was hard to find a pocket of space. Chances were rare. The old headline screamed out – waiting to be written: Defences on Top.

For a long time, it looked like it would finish 0-0. Then three Bayer second half goals within an eight minute spell changed the script.    

The Germans controlled the game after that. Commanded it. And they might have added to their tally before the end.

The opening goal filled their lungs with confidence. And they began to spread their passes across the Augusta green.

The crucial break-through came nine minutes into the second period. Yilmaz sent over a corner from the right at the clubhouse end.

Julius Bugenhagen rose among a cluster of bodies on the penalty spot to direct a firm header to the onion sack.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0. Bekir Jediktas showed the quickest of feet on the middle edge of the box to gain a yard and drill the sweetest of left-footed strikes low to the right corner.

And it was Jediktas who scored the third. This time with his right boot. Another measured finish from the left of the area.

Kevin’s kept toiling. Striving to open a Leverkusen window. But all through the match, the visitors looked like a side that had locked the back door. And thrown away the key. With German precision.

ST KEVIN’S BOYS: David Leonard; Eoin Moogan, Derin Adewale, Noah Flynn, Matthew Roze Anderson, James McManus, Luke Browne, Billy Gilmore, Jamie Murphy, Agbo-ola Babatundae, Byron Preston. Marco Calderoni, Jamie Thompson, Cian Cleary, Ryan Kenny, Pharell Manuel, Nathan Daniel, Scott Johnson, Josh Okagbue, Cristian McCabe.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN: Tom Buhl; Titus Jakob, Jan-Hendrick Mayer, David Hartmann, Julius Bugenhagen, Hugo Schmidt, Jan Hausmann, Ismail Bah, Bryan Agbodjan, Oliver Gawenda, Klaus Sima Suso, Lukas Bludau, Bekir Gediktas, Arda Sune, Enes Yilmaz, Juian Esser, Luke Best, Ben Nilson.

Officials: Fintan Butler, Tom Quinn, Ciarán Redmond, Mark Patchell.

BY NIALL SCULLY

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