Crewe travel to Championship high flyers Warrenpoint Town in the last 16 of the Irish Cup this coming Saturday, reaching this stage for the first time in their history.
Irish Cup Round 6
Warrenpoint Town v Crewe United
Milltown, Warrenpoint. 3pm Kick off
Having dispatched another Championship 1 team, Knockbreda, in Round 5 the Glenavy side face a much tougher challenge as they make the journey to Milltown to take on Matthew Tiptons side who sittop of the pile in Championship 1.
The Warrenpoint men look favourites to win that Division and make their way back into the Premiership. Crewe manager and former Northern Ireland International Peter Kennedy is well aware of the task ahead “On the day we are going to need them to be poor and we will have to be at the top of our game. Whatever happens the whole club is very proud to be in the last 16 of the Irish Cup”.
The road to the last 16 started back on the 19 August and it has been a great effort from the players to make their own piece of history for themselves and the club. The Glenavy side have scored 19 goals so far on the Irish Cup trail:
Round 1 – Chimney Corner 0 Crewe United 5
Round 2 – Crewe United 5 Ardglass 1
Round 3 – Crewe United 1 Ballymoney United 1
Round 4 – Windmills Stars 3 Crewe United 4
Round 5 – Knockbreda 1 Crewe United 2
The club had previously reached Round 5 of the Cup competition on 3 occasions, losing twice to Cliftonville and once to Glenavon. Crewe last played against The Point 6 years ago when they too were in the Mid Ulster league. Successive promotions helped them gain Senior status which was a great achievement in such a short space of time.
For Crewe it has been a time of progress on the pitch, to have such a come such a long way over the past couple of years in the development of the team and credit should go to everyone involved on the pitch as well as the club sponsors. It is sure to be a great occasion for the club and we hope everyone associated with the club will make their way to Warrenpoint to support the team.
We would also like to wish our Mid Ulster League colleagues Dollingstown good luck in their 6th Round tie against Dungannon Swifts. This is the first time any teams from the Mid Ulster League have reached this stage of the competition and both clubs are proud to have achieved this on behalf of the MUFL which has become the top Intermediate league in the country.