The Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures for the opening weekend have been announced

Airtricity League Premier Division Fixtures 2016

Airtricity League Premier Division Fixtures 2016

The Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures for 2016 have been announced. The first games will be played over two days on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March. The full fixture list sees the campaign end for those not involved in a playoff on 28th October.

The opening weekend fixtures include an away fixture for Champions Dundalk at Bray Wanderers.

Former Kilmarnock manager, Kenny Shiels, will make his debut as Derry City manager with a North West derby at Finn Park.

Cork City have a home game to begin their campaign with the Northside Dubliners, Bohemians, set to call to Turners Cross.

First Division champions, Wexford Youths, will make their Premier Division bow with a game at home to the First Division champions from 2014, Longford Town.

Inchicore, where  St Patricks Athletic’s home ground of Richmond Park is located, will be the destination for Galway Utd’s cross country trip.

Finally the Rovers derby between Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers will take place in Sligo’s showgrounds, the last game to kick off on Saturday 5th March.


The Season Ahead

Dundalk are looking to secure the title for the third season running which would set another club record. If Stephen Kenny’s side can start in a similar fashion to last season they will take some stopping. It took seven matches for anyone to score against them last season with now relegated Limerick taking the honours.

Cork City will have to improve their record against the champions if they are to go one better than they have managed in the past two seasons. You have to go back to 2012, eleven matches in total, for the last time The Rebels bested The Lillywhites.

Shamrock Rovers and St. Patricks Athletic will be looking to improve on their last two seasons as also rans. Dinny Corcoran has signed for Pats and will replace Killian Brennan who has skipped across Dublin to join Rovers.

Derry City will play their last six home games away from The Brandywell that is due to begin an upgrade later this year. Kenny Shiels, a cup winner in Scotland, will hope to push hard for a top four place but will have his work cut out for him.

Sligo Rovers have been very busy signing new players including the highly sought after Michael Schlingermann from Drogheda Utd. Their new management team will have to hit the ground running to blend them together quickly.

Longford Town, Galway Utd, Bray Wanderers and newly promoted Wexford Youths and Finn Harps are likely to be battling it out to avoid relegation in the season ahead.

About the Author Vincent Mulligan

Vincent is the website manager and chief betting advisor for Irish Football Tips and Scottish Football Tips.

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