Shelbourne FC are delighted to have in their ranks a brother & sister playing for the men’s & ladies senior teams!
Coming from a family more used to displaying green & white hoops – both Cian & Alex are lighting up games in the Red of Shelbourne.
Alex Kavanagh joined Shelbourne LFC in 2011 at age 11. At that time Alex played for both Home Farm Boys & Shelbourne girls! Her team won the U/12 All Ireland title with Shelboune that year & she committed fully to Shels the following season. Her U/13 team won the U/14 All Ireland Cup in 2012, and again the following year playing at U/14. That very successful team won the U/16 National Cup again in 2014 playing at U/15.
Alex became the youngest player to play for the International team when she earned her first cap, aged 12, in an U/16 friendly against England at the opening of Georges Park in the UK. The attacking mid fielder was called up to the Women’s National League team on 29th January this year & scored on her debut away to Castlebar on 20th February. Her underage manager, Gordon Ewing described Alex as a “Stephen Gerrard – the only difference is Alex has trophies!”
Cian is an exciting young midfielder who joined Shamrock Rovers Under 19s from St. Kevin’s Boys during the summer of 2013. Cian joined Shelbourne on loan from Shamrock Rovers, for the 2016 season, on December 21st 2015.
Compared by the then Rovers’ U19 manager Declan Hevey to being in the “Ronan Finn mould”, Cian indeed proved himself to be an influential figure in the middle of the park for the Under 19 team. Gradual involvement with the first team last season saw him make the move up to the seniors for the 2015 season.
He made twenty appearances for the First Division side, scoring two goals in the process, whilst also getting picked for the Premier Division side and playing in the 3-0 win over UCD in September 2014.