The Wexford Cup Fairytale Continues For Camolin Celtic

The Creane & Creane Wexford Cup has reached the semi-final stage…

You would assume that the remaining teams would be Premier Division teams or perhaps a Division One team has caused an upset and got themselves into the semi-final. Camolin Celtic are not a Premier Division side. Nor are they a Division One team.

Camolin Celtic are currently plying their trade in Division 3A of the Wexford Football League pyramid. They have battled against the odds each round to continue to progress in the competition to reach the semi-final stage. What awaits them now is a mouth-watering clash with the all-conquering North End United.

As we know North End have a litany of honours behind them with numerous Premier Division titles and Wexford Cups, with their victory in the FAI Junior Cup in 2018 being their crowning achievement. A daunting task for any side let alone a Division 3A outfit.

The Camolin Celtic side who have reached the semi-final stages of the Wexford Cup

While their league campaign has also been a success, they occupy second place on 34 points after 17 games, 4 points from their remaining two fixtures would see them achieve a second straight promotion. However, it is their cup campaign that has really caught the eye with Camolin only defeating higher division opponents, their results are as follows:

First Round – Bye

Second Round – St. Cormac’s (Div. 2) 0-3 Camolin

Third Round – Camolin 2-1 St. Leonard’s (Div. 1)

Fourth Round – Camolin 2-1 Ferns United (Premier)

Quarter-Final – Camolin 2-2 All Blacks (Division 3), Camolin won 5-3 on penalties

I recently caught up with Camolin manager, Kevin Brennan, to get his thoughts about their upcoming semi-final and about their cup run to date.

“The confidence is so high in the team and club because they have never been there,” manager Kevin told Wexford Weekly.

All the lads have obviously been outstanding for Camolin in this run but when asked about some standout performers, Kevin went with his goalkeeper Darren Sheen and Thomas “Tucker” Cloke.

As mentioned, next up for Camolin will be the formidable North End. I asked Kevin how the team will approach this huge fixture and Kevin was quite relaxed and refreshing in his approach.

“The same as any other game. North End are a great team. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain,” he said.

Kevin was understandably upbeat about his side’s performance this season and the pride they can take from the results no matter the result on Sunday:

“I have a lot of pride for these great bunch of lads all the teams we beat were higher divisions.”

After such a great run following promotion from Division 4 last season and another positive league campaign with another promotion the target this season, surely this is not the end of the road for Camolin and there is more to come?

“We want to try get promotions every year and climb the divisions, while winning a few cups along the way.”

The match will take place this Sunday (May 1st) in a neutral venue of Ajax Athletic. The odds are firmly stacked against Camolin, but hasn’t it been like that in every cup match this season? Can they pull off one of the greatest upsets in Wexford Football history or will the great North End side prove to be a step too far? Sunday will provide us with the answers and I, for one, cannot wait to see it unfold.

Adam Connor

From Gorey, Adam is a columnist with Wexford Weekly.

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