Champions Dundalk to begin title defence at Bray Wanderers
Champions Dundalk will begin their title defence away to Bray Wanderers after the fixtures for the 2016 season were announced today.
Stephen Kenny's side will be going for a third title on the trot and will travel to the Carlisle grounds on March the 5th, while league runners-up Cork City will begin their campaign at home Bohemians.
The first series of matches will feature a North West derby on March 4 at Finn Park when promoted Finn Harps face neighbours Derry City, now under the management of Kenny Shiels.
Last season’s First Division champions, Wexford Youths, make their Premier Division debut the same night at home to the 2014 First Division winners Longford Town.
St Patrick’s Athletic, who won the EA SPORTS Cup last season, have a home game against the team they beat in that final, Galway United, on March 4 while the following day there is a battle of the Rovers at The Showgrounds as Sligo Rovers, with Dave Robertson now at the helm, meet Shamrock Rovers who finished third in 2015.
The first round of the EA Sports Cup will take place on March 21 and 22 with the second round on April 18 and 19 and the Quarter-Finals on May 2. The semi-finals are scheduled for August 1 and the final is on Saturday, September 17.
The mid-season break will take place from Monday, June 6 until Thursday, June 23 inclusive. The Premier Division season will conclude on Friday, October 28.
The Premier Division fixtures, which were issued today, are subject to change depending on the outcome of the FAI Club Licensing process. The fixtures for the 2016 SSE Airtricity League First Division will be issued in the New Year.
The opening series of matches on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, are as follows:
Premier Division Series 1
Friday, March 4
Cork City v Bohemians, Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm.
St. Patrick’s Athletic v Galway United, Richmond Park, 7.45pm.
Finn Harps v Derry City, Finn Park, 8pm.
Wexford Youths v Longford Town, Ferrycarrig Park, 8pm.
Saturday, March 5
Bray Wanderers v Dundalk, Carlisle Grounds, 7.30pm.
Sligo Rovers v Shamrock Rovers, The Showgrounds, 7.4pm.
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