Three of Dundalk FC’s opening six fixtures of the SSE Airtricity League restart will be broadcast live on television, as the fixture list for the revised, shortened league and cup season was revealed on Monday.
The reigning champions will get their season back underway against on Friday, July 31 against St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park. The game will be televised on RTE2, with kick-off scheduled at 7.45pm.
A week later, Vinny Perth’s team travel to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians before hosting Waterford in the First Round of the FAI Cup on Tuesday August 11. The Lilywhites were one of just six teams drawn to play in the first round of the cup, being played without non-league teams in 2020. 13 teams from the Premier and First Division received byes to the second round, including Drogheda United.
Dundalk’s trip to the Brandywell to play Derry City on Friday September 4 will be shown on RTE2, while their next game – a home match against Shelbourne – will bring the eir Sport cameras to Oriel Park.
With the season truncated to include just eighteen games, with five rounds already played, Dundalk have just 13 league games to seal a third straight league title. As the Covid-19 pandemic hit and play was halted back in March, Dundalk trailed leaders Shamrock Rovers by three points at the top of the Premier Division, having lost to Rovers on the first meeting of the campaign at Tallaght Stadium
The champions host Rovers at Oriel Park on Friday September 25.
In the First Division, Drogheda United resume their season with an away fixture to Shamrock Rovers II in Tallaght on Sunday August 2. Their first home game of the new season comes on Friday August 7 when Bray Wanderers visit the Windmill Road.
The regular First Division season is scheduled to end on Saturday October 24, with promotion-chasing United finishing up away to Cabinteely. Tim Clancy’s team had taken six points from nine pre-lockdown, leaving them poised in second place in the second tier.
You can view the complete fixture list for the Premier Division and First Division, as well as cup competitions, here.