It’s said that strong foundations are a key component to building anything, and while Marty Rice puts the finishing touches off on his squad for the season ahead, City fans this summer have taken up watching foundations being laid, quite literally, as the main point of interest around the club has been the progress towards getting our new 3G pitch in place.
That’s all about to change, as City kick off the league campaign tomorrow against Queen’s University. This was initially scheduled as a home game but the tie has been reversed due to the ongoing pitch work at Holm Park.
After a positive 2012-3 season, where City finished third and narrowly missed out on promotion, the team are eager to make a strong start to the season. Manager Marty Rice is delighted to have re-signed the vast majority of last years first team squad, and another batch of players from the youth & reserve teams will be pushing for places.
It is hard to imagine a tougher start to the season however, as City will face a strong Queen’s side who performed well last year and have significantly strengthened over the summer. Queen’s have also had an outstanding pre-season and City will be without Matty Hynds, Miceal McKenna and Paul Carville as they are suspended.
As the World Police & Fire Games are being hosted at the Dub, fans are advised to set off for the 3pm kick-off earlier than usual to allow time to get parking.
Incidentally, work on the pitch is continuing apace, and we are hoping to have our first home match of the season on the new pitch against PSNI, in our fourth league match on September 7th.