Airtricity League 2014 Premier Division Fixtures released
Published 20/12/2013 | 12:21
St Patrick's Athletic will begin the defence of their Airtricity League title with a trip Turner's Cross to take on John Caulfield's Cork City.
Next season's full fixture lists were released by the FAI today.
The first series of matches will also feature a Louth derby as Drogheda United, runners-up in 2012, host Dundalk who were runners-up in 2013.
New Derry City manager Roddy Collins, who led Athlone Town to the First Division title last season, will open his reign with an away game against one of his former clubs, Shamrock Rovers, who, last season, won both the Setanta Sports Cup and the EA SPORTS Cup.
Athlone, who are back in the Premier Division after 18 consecutive seasons in the First Division, mark their return to the top flight with an away game against FAI Ford Cup holders Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds on Saturday, March 8.
As in 2013, the first Dublin derby of the new season will feature UCD against Bohemians, with The UCD Bowl the venue in 2014, while Limerick will kick off against a Bray Wanderers side that will be starting their 10th successive season in the top flight.
The first round of the EA Sports Cup will take place on Monday, March 10 with the second round on May 5 and 6 and the Quarter-Finals on May 26 and 27. The semi-finals are scheduled for August 5 and the final is on September 20.
The Premier Division fixtures, which were issue today, are subject to change depending on the outcome of the FAI Club Licensing process.
The fixtures for the 2014 Airtricity League First Division will be issued in January.