The SSE Airtricity League have released group and fixtures for the upcoming first-ever Under-15 National League.
The SSE Airtricity League Under 15 National League will be made up of 24 teams from across the country and they will all participate in a shortened 2017 season, which is set to kick-off on the week ending August 20.
There will be four groups with six teams competing in each group and the top two teams from each group will then qualify for the finals stage.
All 20 SSE Airtricity League teams are represented with three schoolboy league sides – Kerry Schoolboys League, Mayo League, Monaghan/Cavan Partnership – and St. Kevin’s Boys making up the 24 sides in the truncated season.
There are a number of former players set to coach the teams as former Ireland international Damien Duff will manage Shamrock Rovers’ side whilst Dan Murray takes control of Cork’s side and Kevin McHugh will be at Finn Harps.
Bray Wanderers and St Joseph’s Boys under 15s Head Coach will be Bernard Byrne. Bernard will be joined by Alan Kelly, Keith Egan, Jay Mullally & former Bray Wanderers goalkeeper Colin “Boo” Kelly in what is a vastly experienced coaching staff.
The four groups are as follows:-
Group 1 – Derry City, Finn Harps, Longford Town, Mayo, Monaghan-Cavan, Sligo Rovers.
Group 2 – Athlone Town, Bray Wanderers, Galway United, Shamrock Rovers, St. Kevin’s Boys, UCD.
Group 3 – Cobh Ramblers, Cork City, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford FC, Wexford FC.
Group 4 – Bohemians, Cabinteely, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Shelbourne, St. Patrick’s Athletic.