2017 League of Ireland Premier Division

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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
2016
2018
All statistics correct as of 4 November 2017.

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.

On 17 October, Cork City won the title after a 0-0 draw at home to Derry City.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The Premier Division consists of 10 teams. Each team plays each other three times for a total of 36 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.[3] 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.[3]

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds
Cork City Cork Turners Cross
Derry City Buncrana Maginn Park[4]
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 kits[edit]

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

Managerial changes[edit]

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

League table[edit]

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.[9]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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 match.

Matches 23–33[edit]

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 match.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[10]
1 Republic of Ireland Seán Maguire Cork City 20
2 Republic of Ireland David McMillan Dundalk 16
3 Republic of Ireland Dinny Corcoran Bohemians 15
Republic of Ireland Gary McCabe Bray Wanderers 15
5 Brazil Rodrigo Tosi Limerick City 14
6 Republic of Ireland Ronan Murray Galway United 13
7 Republic of Ireland Aaron Greene Bray Wanderers 12
8 Republic of Ireland Gary Shaw Shamrock Rovers 11
9 Republic of Ireland Patrick McEleney Dundalk 10
Republic of Ireland Barry McNamee Derry City 10
Republic of Ireland Kurtis Byrne Bohemians 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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