Republic of Ireland amateur international Ray Whelehan has returned to Wayside Celtic

WAYSIDE Celtic gave their promotion chances a real boost with the re-signing of Ray Whelehan earlier this week.
The talented midfielder has returned to Kilternan for his second spell with the club. Whelehan spent a number of successful years at Wayside winning a handful of trophies while representing the Ireland amateur side at the same time.
He left Celtic at the beginning of the 2013-14 season to play closer to home and opted to sign for Malahide United. After a season at Gannon Park, the one-time ever-present in the Irish amateur side was on the move again to another Northside club in Tolka Rovers where he spent the 2014-15 season.
A serious knee-injury halted his time at Tolka and also forced him to miss Ireland’s victorious UEFA Regions’ Cup campaign. Still injured at the start of this current season, Whelehan was without a club until making the decision to join Wayside’s promotion charge in Senior Sunday Division 1.
An announcement on the Wayside website stated how happy the club were to have Whelehan back in the club’s colours: “The club are delighted to announce the signing of Ray Whelehan. Ray has been injured for the last few months and had not signed for anyone this season. When Ray last played with Wayside Celtic in the 2012-13 season he had great success winning the Senior Sunday League, Metro cup and two Ryan cups.
“All in Wayside are looking forward to seeing Ray back in the green of Wayside and hopefully back in the green of Ireland. Wayside are rebuilding at the moment and the club could not ask for a better player and gentleman to show our young guns the way forward.”
If he does manage to return to fitness this season one thing he won’t be assisting Wayside in is the FAI Intermediate Cup after Peter Lennon’s were knocked out of the competition at the hands of Cork side Carrigaline United on Sunday.
Carrigaline youngster Nathan Coleman came off the bench to hit the only goal of the tie with just 15 minutes remaining in the Rebel County. Conditions down south were far from ideal and in truth the more experienced and physical hosts dealt with them better.
Still, promotion is a very realistic target for Lennon’s charges having gone unbeaten in their opening 10 league games in Division 1 with five wins and five defeats.