THE northside is being encouraged to turn out and support its newest soccer club at Jackman Park this weekend.
On Saturday evening, Northside Legacy - only set up in 2010 to serve Thomondgate and the surrounding area - will face Caherconlish in the final of the Open Cup competition.
It comes after the team beat Abbey Rovers in the semi-final, a club much higher up in the league than Northside Legacy.
Frank Daly, 27, manager of Northside Legacy, said the club was initially set up to try and reduce anti-social behaviour.
He said it is important to nurture soccer players in their schoolboy years.
“If you miss the schoolboy years, it is very bad, because you miss the foundation building,” the Thomondgate man said.
He added that the developments in Thomondgate have deterred many youngsters taking up the game, and this is where Northside Legacy comes in.
“The whole place can be like a concrete jungle. There used to be pitch at Hasset’s Cross, but they put pipes in there, and this destroyed 25% of it. With the way the pitch was left up there, it was an absolute disaster,” Frank explained.
He said that as manager, he encourages players not to go out drinking on Saturday night, instead preparing for games on Sunday, “and having a positive impact”.
Frank added it will be a real boost to the team to see members of the community supporting the team.
They are always interested in new members. For more information, contact Frank at 085-8172004.