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2017 League of Ireland Premier Division

The 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 33rd season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The league began on Friday 24 February 2017 and concluded on 27 October 2017. Fixtures were announced on 9 December 2016.

League of Ireland Premier Division
Dates24 February – 27 October 2017
ChampionsCork City
RelegatedDrogheda United
Finn Harps
Galway United
Champions LeagueCork City
Europa LeagueDundalk
Shamrock Rovers
Derry City
Matches played198
Goals scored549 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorerSeán Maguire , Cork City 20
Biggest home winDundalk 6–0 St Patrick's Athletic
Biggest away winDrogheda United 0–6 Dundalk
Highest scoringBray Wanderers 5–3 Finn Harps Limerick 5-3 Bray Wanderers
Longest winning runCork City 12
Longest unbeaten runCork City 22
Longest winless runDrogheda United 21
Longest losing runDrogheda United 9
Total attendance377,362
Average attendance1,906[1]
2016
2018
All statistics correct as of 4 November 2017.

On 17 October, Cork City won the title after a 0-0 draw at home to Derry City.[2][3]

OverviewEdit

The Premier Division consists of 12 teams. Each team plays each other three times for a total of 33 matches in the season.

Limerick, the 2016 First Division champion and Drogheda United, winners of the promotion/relegation playoffs, were promoted to the league, both bouncing straight back after having been relegated the previous season.

On 22 December 2016, the Football Association of Ireland announced that the league would be restructured into two 10-team divisions from the 2018 season onwards, one of the recommendations made in the 2015 Conroy Report.[4] This meant the cancellation of the promotion/relegation playoff and relegation at the end of the 2017 season of 3 teams, with only the champions of the First Division promoted in return.[4]

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Locations of Dublin Premier Division teams
Team Location Stadium
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds
Cork City Cork Turners Cross
Derry City Buncrana Maginn Park[5]
Drogheda United Drogheda United Park
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park
Finn Harps Ballybofey Finn Park
Galway United Galway Eamonn Deacy Park
Limerick Limerick Markets Field
Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Tallaght Stadium
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bohemians   Keith Long   Derek Pender Hummel Mr Green
Bray Wanderers   Harry Kenny   Conor Kenna Nike Sonas Bathrooms
Cork City   John Caulfield   John Dunleavy Nike University College Cork
Derry City   Kenny Shiels   Gerard Doherty Hummel Diamond Corrugated
Drogheda United   Pete Mahon   Sean Thornton CX+ Sport Scotch Hall Shopping Center
Dundalk   Stephen Kenny   Stephen O'Donnell CX+ Sport Fyffes
Finn Harps   Ollie Horgan   Ciaran Coll Joma McGettigan Group
Galway United   Shane Keegan   Colm Horgan Uhlsport Comer Property Management
Limerick   Neil McDonald   Shane Duggan Hummel
Shamrock Rovers   Stephen Bradley   Ronan Finn New Balance Pepper Asset Servicing
Sligo Rovers   Gerard Lyttle   Craig Roddan Joma Volkswagen
St Patrick's Athletic   Liam Buckley   Ian Bermingham Umbro Pieta House

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Limerick   Martin Russell Mutual consent 3 April 2017[6] 8th   Neil McDonald 18 May 2017[7]
Sligo Rovers   Dave Robertson 5 April 2017[8] 11th   Gerard Lyttle 21 April 2017[9]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Cork City (C) 33 24 4 5 67 23 +44 76 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Dundalk 33 22 3 8 72 24 +48 69 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Shamrock Rovers 33 17 3 13 49 41 +8 54
4 Derry City 33 14 9 10 49 40 +9 51
5 Bohemians 33 14 5 14 36 40 −4 47
6 Bray Wanderers 33 13 7 13 55 52 +3 46
7 Limerick 33 10 10 13 41 51 −10 40
8 St Patrick's Athletic 33 9 12 12 45 52 −7 39
9 Sligo Rovers 33 8 15 10 33 44 −11 39
10 Galway United (R) 33 7 14 12 45 50 −5 35 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
11 Finn Harps (R) 33 9 3 21 35 67 −32 30
12 Drogheda United (R) 33 5 7 21 22 65 −43 22
Source: SSE Airtricity League, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.[10]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

Teams played each other twice (once at home, once away).

Home \ Away BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN FHA GAL LIM STP SHM SLI
Bohemians 3–2 0–2 1–4 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–4 0–2 2–0
Bray Wanderers 1–2 0–2 3–2 2–1 0–3 5–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 4–2 2–2
Cork City 0–1 2–1 3–0 5–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 4–1 2–1
Derry City 2–0 2–3 1–2 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 4–0
Drogheda United 0–1 0–0 1–4 0–0 0–6 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Dundalk 2–0 1–3 0–3 0–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 4–0
Finn Harps 2–1 0–3 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 3–1 0–1 2–1
Galway United 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1
Limerick 0–1 5–3 0–3 1–1 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 5–1
St Patrick's Athletic 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1
Shamrock Rovers 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Sligo Rovers 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 August 2017. Source: SSE Airtricity League, Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Matches 23–33Edit

Teams played each other once.

Home \ Away BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN FHA GAL LIM STP SHM SLI
Bohemians 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–2
Bray Wanderers 2–1 2–3 3–3 1–1 1–0
Cork City 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Derry City 0–5 2–1 0–4 3–0 3–0 1–1
Drogheda United 1–4 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–0
Dundalk 0–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 6–0 0–1
Finn Harps 0–1 2–3 0–2 1–3 1–2
Galway United 2–1 4–1 3–4 1–1 1–2 3–1
Limerick 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 0–0
St Patrick's Athletic 3–1 4–2 4–0 2–2 2–0
Shamrock Rovers 1–2 3–1 0–2 4–1 2–1 1–1
Sligo Rovers 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 October 2017. Source: SSE Airtricity League, Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "25% increase in attendances for League of Ireland". extratime. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Cork City finally clinch Airtricity Premier Division title with draw at damaged Turners Cross". Irish Independent. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Draw with Derry sees Cork City clinch first Premier Division title in 12 years". The 42. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Mackey, Liam (23 December 2016). "It's three down, one up for LOI season". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Derry City's home games in 2017 to be played in Donegal as Brandywell is redeveloped". 17 May 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Martin Russell leaves Limerick by mutual consent". RTÉ Sport. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Neil McDonald vows to make Limerick an 'A star club'". RTÉ Sport. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Sligo Rovers part company with Dave Robertson". RTÉ Sport. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Gerard Lyttle: Cliftonville manager resigns to take Sligo Rovers job". BBC Sport. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Premier Division 2017 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Member associations - Republic of Ireland - League  – UEFA.com". Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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