The SSE Airtricity League 2019 Premier and First Division fixtures have been released with the competitions kicking off on the 15th and 22nd of February respectively.
SSE Airtricity League Champions Dundalk will begin their season at home to Sligo Rovers whilst last season’s First Division Champions U.C.D. face a difficult trip to Derry City on the opening day.
Shamrock Rovers face a tough trip to the Regional Sports Centre to face Waterford whilst Cork City make the trip to Richmond Park to face Harry Kenny’s St. Patrick’s Athletic.
After winning the 2018 SSE Airtricity League play-off final, Finn Harps travel to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians on the opening day with all games set to kick-off at 7.45pm.
The First Division season will begin a week later on Friday, February 22 as Bray Wanderers travel to Cabinteely, Limerick welcome Longford Town, Shelbourne go to Galway United, Athlone Town host Wexford and Cobh Ramblers face Drogheda United at United Park.
Ireland will host the UEFA U17 European Championships finals during the course of the 2019 campaign. The tournament begins on Friday, May 3 with the final on Sunday, May 19 with Tallaght Stadium, Regional Sports Centre, City Calling Stadium, the UCD Bowl and the Carlisle Grounds set to be used.
“We’ve made a few changes to the fixture list based on feedback from the clubs and other stakeholders. We’ve switched one midweek round of fixtures from before the mid-season break to after,” said FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin.
“Also, all Premier Division clubs will now come into the EA SPORTS Cup at the second round stage and there has also been an adjustment to the play-off dates.
“We’re also delighted to be hosting the UEFA U17 European Championships in May at a number of SSE Airtricity League grounds and to facilitate the competition, the schedule has been adjusted accordingly.
“It’s great to get the fixtures released as the excitement for the start of the 2019 season on Friday, February 15 continues to build.”
Sport for Business will be looking at the preparations for the SSE Airtricity League with the FAI, the sponsors and a number if the clubs early in the New Year.