Limerick FC to face top quality in Premier Division

Representatives from all 12 Airtricity League Premier Division clubs at the season launch last week
Andrew Cunneen profiles the clubs that Limerick FC will face in the Airtricity League Premier Division

Andrew Cunneen profiles the clubs that Limerick FC will face in the Airtricity League Premier Division

Drogheda Utd

Manager: Mick Cooke

Star Player: Ryan Brennan

One to Watch: Paul O’Conor

Players In: David Cassidy (Shelbourne), Paul O’Conor (UCD), Graham Rusk (UCD), Gary O’Neill (Shamrock Rovers)

Players Out: John Sullivan (Dundalk), Paul Crowley (Shelbourne), Sean Brennan (Shelbourne), Tiarnan Mulvenna (Dundalk)

Last season: 2nd

Prospects: Opposition won’t be underestimating them this year. 5th

Shamrock Rovers

Manager: Trevor Croly

Star Player: Mark Quigley

One to Watch: Danny Ledwith

Players In: Richard Brush (Sligo Rovers), Mark Quigley (Sligo Rovers), Jason McGuinness (Sligo Rovers), Barry Murphy (St. Patrick’s Athletic), James Chambers (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Derek Foran (Dundalk), Shane Robinson (FC Haka), Sean O’Connor (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Karl Sheppard (Reading – loan), Danny Ledwith (UCD)

Players Out: Oscar Jannson (Orebro), Graham Gartland (Shelbourne), Killian Brennan (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Aaron Greene (Sligo Rovers), Gary Twigg (Portadown), Sean Gannon (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Gary O’Neill (Drogheda United), Reyaad Pieterse (released), Craig Sives (emigrated), Colin Hawkins (released)

Last season: 4th

Prospects: Best squad in the division - 1st.

Bray Wanderers

Manager: Pat Devlin

Star Player: Jason Byrne

One to Watch: Kieran “Marty” Waters

Players In: Gary Dempsey (Waterford United), Eoin Hyland (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Bidemi Afolabi (Clongowes Wood), Shane O’Neill (Wayside Celtic), Paul Clifford, Colm Begley, Gerald Pender, Adrian Rafferty

Players Out: Adam Mitchell, Adam Hanlon (Shelbourne), Yani Georgiev, Dean Marshall, Dane Massey (Dundalk), Patrick Seery, Lee Dixon, Sean Houston

Last Season: 10th

Prospects: Poorest side bar one - 11th

Bohemians

Manager: Aaron Callaghan

Star Player: Keith Buckley

One to Watch: Karl Moore

Players In: Ciaran Nangle (UCD), Chris Lyons (UCD), Darragh Hanaphy (Newry City), Dean Delany (Shelbourne), Stephen Paisley (Shelbourne)

Players Out: Kevin Feely (Charlton Athletic), Keith Ward (Dundalk)

Last Season: 7th

Prospects: Run of the mill side with a good manager. 9th

Cork City

Manager: Tommy Dunne

Star Player: Daryl Kavanagh

One to Watch: Danny Morrissey

Players In: Daryl Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Danny Furlong (Wexford Youths), Darren Dennehy, Denis Behan (Limerick FC), Sean Brosnan (Limerick FC), Dan Murray (Shamrock Rovers)

Players Out: Vinny Sullivan (Waterford United), Gavin Kavanagh (Waterford United), Davin O’Neill (Cobh Ramblers),

Last Season: 6th

Prospects: Very good, but young side. Strong at home. 7th

Sligo Rovers

Manager: Ian Baraclough

Star Player: Danny North

One to Watch: Lee Lynch

Players In: Anthony Elding (Grimsby), Aaron Greene (Shamrock Rovers), Kieran Djilali.

Players Out: Jason McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers), Mark Quigley (Shamrock Rovers), Richard Brush (Shamrock Rovers), John Dillon (Dundalk), Mark McGoldrick.

Last Season: 1st

Prospects: Lost a lot of good players. There or thereabouts. 3rd.

St Patrick’s Athletic

Manager: Liam Buckley

Star Player: Killian Brennan

One to Watch: Chris Forrester

Players In: Conan Byrne (Shelbourne), Killian Brennan (Shamrock Rovers), Shane McFaul (FC Haka), Sean Gannon (Shamrock Rovers), Dave Ryan (Limerick FC), Conor Murphy (Derry City), Jordan Keegan

Players Out: James Chambers (Shamrock Rovers), Sean O’Connor (Shamrock Rovers), Pat Flynn (Shelbourne), Barry Murphy (Shamrock Rovers), Dean Kelly (Shelbourne), Darren Meenan (Dundalk)

Last Season: 3rd

Prospects: Could run Rovers very close. 2nd.

Dundalk

Manager: Stephen Kenny

Star Player: Keith Ward

One to Watch: John Sullivan

Players In: Pat Hoban (Mervue United), John Dillon (Sligo Rovers), Keith Ward (Bohemians), Andy Boyle (Shelbourne), Dane Massey (Bray Wanderers), Tiarnan Mulvenna (Drogheda United), Richie Towell, Stephen O’Donnell, Kurtis Byrne, Chris Shields (Bray Wanderers), Darren Meenan (St. Patrick’s Athletic), John Sullivan (Drogheda United), Vinny Faherty (St. Patrick’s Athletic)

Players Out: Robbie Gaul, Lorcan Shannon, Gary Shanahan, Marc Griffin (Derry City), Michael Rafter (Derry City), Chris Reilly, Mark O’Brien, Barry Conlon, Peter Thomas, William Woods.

Last Season: 11th.

Prospects: Much better set up. Kenny has a point to prove. 8th.

Derry City

Manager: Declan Devine

Star Player: Barry McNamee

One to Watch: Mark Griffin

Players In: Paddy Kavangh (Shelbourne), Michael Rafter (Dundalk), Marc Griffin (Dundalk), Thomas Crawley (Longford Town), Sean Houston (Bray Wanderers)

Players Out: Conor Murphy (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forrest), David McDaid, Mark Farren, Eugene Ferry, Marc Brolly, Caoimhinn Bonner.

Last Season: 5th

Prospects: Slight improvement this season. 4th

UCD

Manager: Martin Russell

Star Player: Mick Leahy

One to Watch: Craig Walsh

Players In: Craig Walsh (Longford Town), Dinny Corcoran (Bohemians).

Players Out: Danny Ledwith (Shamrock Rovers), Paul O’Conor (Drogheda United), Graham Rusk (Drogheda United), Ciaran Nangle (Bohemians), Chris Lyons (Bohemians)

Last Season: 9th

Prospects: UCD seem to claw out the same result every year. 10th

Shelbourne

Manager: Alan Matthews

Star Player: Philly Hughes

One to Watch: Jack Memery

Players In: Paul Crowley (Drogheda United), Dean Kelly (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Adam Hanlon (Bray Wanderers), Pat Flynn (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Brennan (Drogheda United), Jack Memery (Shamrock Rovers), Robert Bayly (Longford Town), Ger Hanley (Mervue United), Niall Burdon (Stade Rennais)

Players Out: Conan Byrne (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Paddy Kavanagh (Derry City), David Cassidy (Drogheda United), Chris Bennion (Longford Town), Andy Boyle (Dundalk), Stephen Paisley (Bohemians), Philip Gorman (Athlone Town), Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town), Dean Delany (Bohemians)

Last Season: 8th

Prospects: Lost too many big names to survive. 12th