THE Clare People Schoolboys/Girls soccer season officially gets under- way next weekend.
In all, 13 games are set to be played across five divisions in both the un- der 11 and under 12 leagues.
The matches will be the first to be played since the CPSSL league made the decision to switch the soccer schedule from summer to winter.
The action gets underway this Thursday (June 28) with three games down for decision in the Michael Woods Perpetual under 11 division oy iter
The new crop of players from Ennis Town and Avenue United get their first taste of an Ennis derby when the sides meet on Thursday evening.
Elsewhere Lifford A take on the club who finished runners up in the division last year when west Clare side Moneypoint AFC make their first trip to Lees road.
Last year’s division two title was narrowly won by Avenue United B after a thrilling duel with Tulla United.
Avenue B face east Clare opposi- tion in their opening encounter with a tough away test to Bridge United.
In the same division Corofin Harps have a home tie on Thursday against Fern Celtic A and Ennis Town B host Mountshannon Celtic at the Ennis
National. Burren United make their debut in the schoolboy league with a home tie
against Avenue United C. Lifford B take on Cratloe Celtic in Lees Road also on Thursday. Fern Celtic, the
club who clinched last season’s di- vision three championship, will be hoping for more success this year.
They get their campaign underway with an away tie to another rising club, St Pats.
On Saturday the action moves up a division when the under 12 league swings into action.
And the first meeting of the season brings together the two clubs who pushed each other all the way for last season’s league title.
Avenue eventually edged out Ennis Town to finish top. The clubs re-con- vene at the Ennis National at llam on Saturday.
Two clubs who will be looking to make up the ground are Lifford and Moneypoint who meet later that same day in Lees Road.
There’s a strong east Clare flavour to the opening games in division two of the under 12 league.
In Sixmilebridge, Bridge United face Tulla United while in the newly re-developed McDonough Memorial Park Newmarket Celtic take on Crat- loe Celtic.