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League of Ireland Premier Division
2018
Season information
Dates 16 February – 26 October 2018
Winners Dundalk
Relegated Limerick
Bray Wanderers
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Dundalk
Europa League Cork City
Shamrock Rovers Waterford
Season statistics
Matches played 180
Goals scored 501
Average (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorer Patrick Hoban (29 Goals)
Biggest home win Dundalk 8-0 Limerick
Biggest away win Bray Wanderers 0-5 Bohemians
Highest scoring Waterford 3-6 Limerick
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The 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 34th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The league began on 16 February 2018 and concluded in 26 October 2018.

On 5 October, Dundalk won the title after a 1-1 draw with St Patrick's Athletic.

Overview

The Premier Division consists of 10 teams. Each team plays each other four times for a total of 36 matches in the season.

Waterford, the 2017 First Division champion, were promoted to the league for the first time since 2007.

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.

Teams

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds
Cork City Cork Turners Cross
Derry City Derry The Brandywell
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park
Limerick Limerick Markets Field
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park
Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Tallaght Stadium
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds
Waterford Waterford RSC

Personnel and kits

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 Flag of Republic Ireland Keith Long Flag of Republic Ireland Derek Pender Hummel Mr Green Sport
Bray Wanderers Flag of Republic Ireland Dave Mackey Flag of Republic Ireland Gary McCabe Nike O Driscoll O Neil Insurance
Cork City Flag of Republic Ireland John Caulfield Flag of Republic Ireland Conor McCormack Adidas University College Cork
Derry City Flag of Northern Ireland Kenny Shiels Flag of Northern Ireland Gerard Doherty Adidas Diamond Corrugated
Dundalk Flag of Republic Ireland Stephen Kenny Flag of Republic Ireland Stephen O'Donnell CX+ Sport Fyffes
Limerick Flag of Republic Ireland Tommy Barrett Flag of Republic Ireland Shane Duggan Umbro Betsat.com
St Patrick's Athletic Flag of Republic Ireland Liam Buckley Flag of Republic Ireland Ian Bermingham Umbro MIG Insurance Brokers
Shamrock Rovers Flag of Republic Ireland Stephen Bradley Flag of Republic Ireland Ronan Finn New Balance Pepper Money
Sligo Rovers Flag of Northern Ireland Gerard Lyttle Flag of Republic Ireland Kyle Callan-McFadden Joma Volkswagen
Waterford Flag of Republic Ireland lan Reynolds Flag of Republic Ireland Paul Keegan Umbro 21 Bet

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Limerick England Neil McDonald Signed by Scunthorpe United 4 January 2018 Pre-season Flag of Republic Ireland Tommy Barrett 14 January 2018
Bray Wanderers Flag of Republic Ireland Dave Mackey Resigned 8 April 2018 10th Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Kelly 10 April 2018<
Bray Wanderers Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Kelly End of caretaker spell 8 July 2018 10th Flag of Republic Ireland Martin Russell 8 July 2018
Derry City Flag of Northern Ireland Kenny Shiels Sacked 27 October 2018 8th Flag of Northern Ireland Declan Devine 16 November 2018

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dundalk  (C) 36 27 6 3 85 20+65 87 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Cork City 36 24 5 7 71 27+44 77 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Shamrock Rovers 36 18 8 10 57 27+30 62
4 Waterford 36 18 5 13 52 44+8 59
5 St Patrick's Athletic 36 15 5 16 51 47+4 50 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
6 Bohemians 36 13 9 14 52 45+7 48
7 Sligo Rovers 36 12 6 18 38 50−12 42
8 Derry City 36 13 3 20 47 70−23 42
9 Limerick  (R) 36 7 6 23 25 75−50 27 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
10 Bray Wanderers  (R) 36 5 3 28 23 96−73 18 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
Source: SSE Airtricity League, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.


Promotion/relegation playoff

Limerick, the ninth-placed team from the Premier Division took part in a two-legged play-off against Finn Harps, the winners of the 2018 First Division play-off, to decide who will play in the 2019 Premier Division.

29 October 2018 Finn Harps 1–0 Limerick Finn Park  
19:45 GMT McCourt Soccerball 35' (pen.) Report Attendance: 2,379
Referee: Robert Harvey
2 November 2018 Limerick 0–2 Finn Harps Markets Field  
19:45 GMT Report Timlin Soccerball 45+1'
Boyle Soccerball 80'
Referee: Graham Kelly

Finn Harps won 3–0 on aggregate and were promoted to 2019 Premier Division. Limerick were relegated to the 2019 First Division.

Season statistics

As of 2 November 2018

Scoring

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Republic Ireland Patrick Hoban Dundalk 29
2 Flag of Republic Ireland Kieran Sadlier Cork City 16
3 Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Cummins Cork City 15
4 Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Burke Shamrock Rovers 13
Flag of Northern Ireland Michael Duffy Dundalk 13
6 England Daniel Carr Shamrock Rovers 11
Flag of Republic Ireland Daniel Corcoran Bohemians 11
8 Flag of Republic Ireland Courtney Duffus Waterford 10
Flag of Northern Ireland Aaron McEneff Derry City 10
10 Flag of Republic Ireland Robbie Benson Dundalk 9

Last updated: 2 November 2018
Source: SSEAirtricity League

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Republic Ireland Corcoran, DinnyDinny Corcoran Bohemians Bray Wanderers 5–0 (A) 19 October 2018
Flag of Republic Ireland Cummins, GrahamGraham Cummins Cork City Sligo Rovers 4–1 (A) 24 February 2018
Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Burke4 Shamrock Rovers Derry City 6-1 (H) 9 March 2018
Flag of Republic Ireland Hale, RonanRonan Hale Derry City Limerick 5–0 (H) 12 March 2018
Flag of Republic Ireland Hoban, PatrickPatrick Hoban Dundalk Limerick 4–0 (H) 8 June 2018

Discipline

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 94
    • Sligo Rovers
  • Most red cards: 7
    • Waterford

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Player of the Month Goal of the Month
Player Club Player Club
February Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Cummins Cork City Flag of France Bastien Héry Waterford
March Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Burke Shamrock Rovers
April Flag of Northern Ireland Michael Duffy Dundalk
May Flag of Republic Ireland Seán Hoare Dundalk
June Flag of Republic Ireland Patrick Hoban Dundalk
July Flag of Republic Ireland Gavin Bazunu Shamrock Rovers

See also

External links

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