Saturday 16 December 2017

Fixtures released for the 2014 Airtricity League First Division

Athlone Town players celebrate after clinching the Airticity League First Division title last season
Athlone Town players celebrate after clinching the Airticity League First Division title last season

The 2014 Airtricity League First Division fixture list has been released and the campaign will kick-off on Friday March 7 with three matches followed by the final game of Series One on Saturday, March 8.

There will be eight teams in the First Division this season and newcomers Galway FC have been handed a home game against Longford Town, who finished second last season, for their debut match in the Airtricity League.

Finn Harps, under new manager Ollie Horgan, will face Waterford United while Shelbourne, who were relegated from the Premier Division last season, begin the return journey to the top flight at Tolka Park against Wexford Youths.

The 2014 season also sees Shamrock Rovers fielding a second team in the Airtricity League and they begin the campaign with an away game against Cobh Ramblers on Saturday, March 8. Shamrock Rovers’ second team will not eligible for promotion or the play-offs and will not be allowed to enter the EA SPORTS Cup or the FAI Ford Cup.

At the end of the season one team will be automatically promoted to the Premier Division and the next two qualifying sides will take part in a two-legged play-off for the right to play the 11th placed team in the Premier Division for a place in the top flight for the 2015 season.

For the full fixture list, click here.

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