Carryduff Colts seniors face their toughest test of the season on Saturday (24 October) at Lough Moss (1.30pm kick off) when they take on highly rated and unbeaten Amateur League side Lower Shankill in the Northern Ireland Junior Shield.
The Colts ran out comfortable 5-2 winners in the previous round away to Ballymoney United Reserves but face an altogether different proposition, despite having won five out of the past six games.
Manager Eamon Deeny said: “This is a real step up in class for the boys who are showing increasing maturity this season and we will simply want to give a good account of ourselves.
“The oldest players in our team are a couple of 22 years old and with some teenagers in the side, our average age is only about 20 or 21..
“with such a young team, the future looks really bright and I have no doubt with other great young players coming through the ranks every year it is only a matter of time before we are starting to compete for league titles and cups at senior level. We are also in the quarter-final of the Newcastle League’s prestigious Bobby Dalzell Cup after winning last weekend so we continue to make progress.
“The club itself took a few years to get established and took a while longer to start to win things and I think that will be the same with the seniors.
“I hope our younger players and coaches will come out on Saturday to Lough Moss to give the boys much needed encouragement and support in a game that will be a tough encounter.”