The new domestic football season will be served up with an appetizer on Saturday when Danske Bank Irish Premier League champions Crusaders and Irish Cup winners Glentoran clash in the Northern Ireland Hospice Charity Shield at Solitude (3pm).
The head-to-head means a new name will appear on the Shield which was re-introduced to the football calendar last season and won by this weekend’s venue hosts Cliftonville.
Admission prices, from which all proceeds will benefit Northern Ireland Hospice, are, Adult: £8, Youth: (12-16): £5 and Under 12s will be admitted free.
Glentoran fans will be housed in the ‘HOME’ end of the venue while Crusaders fans will be accommodated in the ‘AWAY’ end. Crusaders will wear an all-white strip while Glentoran will wear their new green and red home kit. The match referee is Keith Kennedy.
Noreen Kennedy, NI Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local football fans to show their support for NI Hospice. Last season’s event was a success and we hope fans of the league champions and Irish Cup winners, as well as neutral fans, will come out in force on this occasion.”