Crewe United aim to make history this Saturday as they take on Knockbreda from Championship 1 in the 5th Round of the Irish Cup. If Crewe can defeat the odds to beat Knockbreda it will be the first time in the clubs history they have made it into the last 16 of the Irish Cup.
It has been a whirlwind start for newly installed Crewe Manger Peter Kennedy since the middle of November but he can go into the game with confidence as Crewe have scored 16 and conceded only 2 goals in his three games in charge to date. However Crewe will have to pull out all the stops if they are to overcome a very experienced side in Knockbreda. It has been a good season so far for the Glenavy side with having lost only twice in the league and boasting the best defensive record it what is a very competitive Mid Ulster Intermediate ‘A’ this season. The prolonged cup runs has resulted in Crewe falling behind in league games but are still well placed to mount a challenge for the league along with 4 or 5 other teams in the league.
Although Knockbreda are at the wrong end of the table in Championship 1 they racked up a good win against Lurgan Celtic last Saturday in the league running out 4-2 winners. Among the scorers were the vastly experienced campaigners Michael Halliday (Ex Glentoran and Crusaders) and David Johnston (Ex Crusaders) who lead the line for the East Belfast men. Gareth Scates, former Bangor manager, took over the reins at Knockbreda in October and has steadied the ship as he begins to build a good squad once more at Breda Park.
It will be a big day for Crewe as the team set out to write their names in the history books by getting into Round 6 of the Irish Cup and another chance at drawing one of the ‘big’ teams from the Premiership. We hope that as many people connected with the club will get down to support the team on Saturday with a 1.30pm kick off at Breda Park. Directions to the ground can be found by clicking here.
We also wish our fellow Mid Ulster League teams Dollingstown, Fivemiletown and Richhill the best of luck in Round 5.