The 2018 League of Ireland season gets under way on Friday and what better way to whet your appetite than to watch the top two teams – Cork City and Dundalk – battle it out in the curtain-raiser?
Unless you were paying attention, you might have missed the fact that the President’s Cup took place last Sunday. It wasn’t broadcast live on television and, as Cork City boss John Caulfield noted, merited only four seconds on RTÉ’s sports bulletin that evening.
Luckily, Dundalk’s in-house media service DFCTV shared highlights of the game on Youtube, otherwise the casual fan would have been deprived of the pleasure.
There were six goals in the game at Oriel Park, with Cork City staging an impressive second-half comeback after going 2-0 down to their familiar foes. New Lilywhites signing Ronan Murray bagged a double, before City struck back through Karl Sheppard, Barry McNamee, Kieran Sadlier and Graham Cummins to win 4-2.
Sadlier’s goal, in particular, was exactly the reason why the game should have been broadcast live, or at the very least promoted online. You can check it out, along with the other five goals in the video below.
League of Ireland 2018 opening fixtures
The 2018 season gets under way in earnest this Friday in the Premier Division and the First Division kicks off the following week . You can see the fixtures below.
Friday, February 16
- Bohemians vs Shamrock Rovers (19:30)
- Dundalk vs Bray Wanderers (19:45)
- St Patrick’s Athletic vs Cork City (19:45)
- Waterford vs Derry City (19:45)
Saturday, February 17
- Sligo Rovers vs Limerick (19:45)
Friday, February 23
- Cabinteely vs Wexford (19:45)
- Drogheda United vs Finn Harps (19:45)
- Galway United vs Athlone Town (19:45)
- UCD vs Shelbourne (19:45)