Senior football at Carryduff Colts will take a historic step forward on Saturday when the club begins its first season in the Northern Ireland Amateur League.
The Firsts will open their account at home against 22nd Old Boys in Division 2C, while the seconds, in their first game under new manager John Mulholland, will take on highly fancied Nortel.
After going close to winning the Newcastle Premier League last season, the Firsts will confidently aim for a top-six place.
Manager Eamon Deeny said: “We got great support last season when going for the league and it would be great to maintain that now we are playing at a significantly higher level.
We are missing a few players on Saturday but the strength of the squad means we are confident we can get off to a good start.
We are also delighted that John has taken over the Seconds, he is a great addition to the management team. And it’s a major boost all our players have returned to the club this season despite attempts to lure some away. It sends out a strong message that we are now the club of choice for good players.”
Both games kick off at 2pm at Lough Moss.