New format and fixtures for Under-19 League
A newly revamped structure to the Under-19 league has been announced ahead of next month's 2014/2015 season opener.
Sligo Rovers, who battled hard against relegation for much of last season's Elite Division securing their safety with a 3-2 win against Salthill Devon on the final day of the season, will now compete in the new Northern Elite Division.
The old two tier three division system has been scrapped in favour of two Elite divisions which are regionalised into a Northern and Southern division. The U-19 league was introduced in 2011 and this is the first time a change has been made to its structure.
A total of 22 clubs will compete across the two divisions, with each team playing each other at home and away once. The season starts on the weekend of 31st August and will run until 29th March 2015, with the league quarter finals taking place on 12th April, followed by the semi-finals and final taking place on 19th April and 26th April respectively.
The top four in each division will compete in those finals on a North Vs. South basis in the quarter finals, with the semi-finals being an open draw.
The winner of the final will be crowned overall winners of the U-19 league championship. All clubs will also compete in the Enda McGuill cup competition, with the first round taking place on the weekend of 26th October.
Players such as Ruairi Keating, Regan Donelon, Gary Boylan and Liam Flately have all come through the club's U-19 structure in recent times and the Bit O'Red will be assembling their U-19 squad over the coming weeks. They will be managed by Ciaran Kelly and Gavin Dykes once again for the coming season.
Sligo Rovers U-19 Fixtures 2014/2015
Aug 31st Letterkenny Rovers Vs. Sligo Rovers
Sep 7th Sligo Rovers Vs. Finn Harps
Sep 14th Longford Town Vs. Sligo Rovers
Sep 28th Sligo Rovers Vs. Shelbourne
Oct 12th Fanad United Vs. Sligo Rovers
Oct 19th Sligo Rovers Vs. Dundalk
Oct 26th Enda McGuill Cup First Round
Nov 2nd Derry City Vs. Sligo Rovers
Nov 9th Sligo Rovers Vs. Drogheda United
Nov 23rd St. Patrick's Athletic Vs. Sligo Rovers
Nov 30th Sligo Rovers Vs. Bohemian FC
Dec 7th Sligo Rovers Vs. Letterkenny Rovers
Dec 14th Enda McGuill Cup Second Round
Jan 11th Finn Harps Vs. Sligo Rovers
Jan 18th Sligo Rovers Vs. Longford Town
Jan 25th Enda McGuill Cup Quarter Final
Feb 15th Shelbourne Vs. Sligo Rovers
Feb 22nd Sligo Rovers Vs. Fanad United/Enda McGuill Cup Semi-Final
Mar 1st Dundalk Vs. Sligo Rovers
Mar 8th Sligo Rovers Vs. Derry City
Mar 15th Drogheda United Vs. Sligo Rovers
Mar 22nd Sligo Rovers Vs. St. Patrick's Athletic
Mar 29th Bohemian FC Vs. Sligo Rovers
Apr 5th Enda McGuill Cup Final
Apr 12th League Quarter Final
Apr 19th League Semi-Final
Apr 26th League Final
All fixtures are subject to change