It's been a long time coming but as the weekend is upon us, St Mochta's LSL Sunday side, Sponsored by Westend Barbers, are looking forward with great excitement to their first home game in the Leinster Senior League's Senior Division.
Having started their league campaign with two draws and a win on the road, they bring top flight football to Porterstown Road for the first time. The opposition this week are Glebe North.
All summer the Saints have been working tirelessly to improve facilities at the ground and with a brand new clubhouse, equipped with changing rooms, showers, meeting rooms and shop was the first step into a new professional look. Throw in everything else that has been fought for, an Astro pitch (Close to completion), ball nets, dugout's, match-day signs, and an upgraded Senior pitch, everyone involved with the club are looking forward to cutting the tape and getting on with the football.
None more so than Saints Senior manager Brian McCarthy, who like everyone else has been quite busy too in pre season with new signings to add to already strong squad.
Speaking to club PRO Daniel Pitcher, Brian says, "It's great to be able to play on our home pitch after what seems like so long."
" I along with my coaching staff and players are very impressed with the work that has been done around the club, from the clubhouse to the pitch, it's all been very professional and we can't wait to get our heads down and continue a good start to the season."
This year, St Mochta's introduced a season ticket for supporters coming to watch the senior side, €40 for adults and a discounted €20 for others, sales of which have been going very well, Brian hopes to see a continuation of the support for his side that he had last season.
"The support our team gets is wonderful, some are involved in the club, others just come down to watch a bit of local football which is brilliant as well."
"The support we get on a weekly basis pushes the lads to perform to the best of their ability and I would love to see the same again."
"It's a community club and everyone knows everyone, it's fantastic to be part of something like that."
" We have started the season well, there is always room for improvement and we know that Glebe will be a tough match for us."
"This season it's all tough, it's a new division and there's new challenges, but we know we can only afford to take it a game at a time and the lads are just itching to get back out." Said Brian.