Date confirmed for relegated Limerick FC’s First Division return

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Date confirmed for relegated Limerick FCs First Division return

Limerick's Cian Coleman competes for a header with Keith Cowan, of Finn Harps, in Friday night's Premier Division relegation play-off at the Markets Field

RELEGATED Limerick FC will begin life back in the First Division of the SSE Airtricity League on Friday, February 22, 2019.

The Blues were relegated from the Premier Division on Friday night following their bitterly disappointing 3-0 aggregate defeat to First Division runners-up Finn Harps before an estimated attendance of 3,000 at the Markets Field.

It was the second time in three seasons that Limerick have been relegated from the top flight at the hands of Finn Harps in a play-off.

Limerick managed to gain automatic promotion back to the Premier Division the following season with a healthy playing budget at their disposal.

However, Limerick’s budget looks set to be significantly reduced on that 2016 level next season, unless financial investment in the club is secured.

The official Fixture List for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season will be released on Wednesday, December 19.

The first game of the new League of Ireland campaign will be the President's Cup between double winners Dundalk and Cork City, which will be played on either Saturday, February 9 or Sunday, February 10.

The first series of games in the Premier Division will begin on the weekend commencing Friday, February 15.

Another key date for the calendar is the EA SPORTS Cup Final, which will be played on Saturday, September 14.

The mid-season break will take place from Saturday, June 15 through to Thursday, June 27.