Youths fixtures released for Under-17 and Under-19 leagues

Published 07/07/2015 | 00:00

Wexfor youths have received their full fixtures programme for the SSE Airtricity Under-19 and newly-introduced Under-17 leagues, both of which will get under way next month.

The Under-19 squad will participate in a regional section of seven teams along with U.C.D., Limerick, Cobh Ramblers, Waterford United, Cork City and Bray Wanderers.

Twelve games are guaranteed in total, home and away before the knockout stages in late November and December, with the action starting at home to U.C.D. on either the last Tuesday or Wednesday of August.

The Under-17 section is slightly bigger, with the presence of eight teams in all ensuring 14 games between home and away.

Starting on the week ending August 9 at home to Bray Wanderers, the Youths will also face U.C.D., Cabinteely, Limerick, Cobh Ramblers, Waterford United and Cork City before the knockout rounds take place in late November and December.

'The SSE Airtricity League Under-17 and Under-19 sections are a vital part of the progression for our young footballers as part of the FAI Player Development plan,' said SSE Airtricity League director Fran Gavin.

'Numerous talented players have progressed from the Under-19 section into first team football and gained international recognition in recent years so the addition of the Under-17 section will extend that pathway.'

The other Under-19 participants are Athlone Town, St. Patrick's Athletic, Bohemians, Shelbourne, Galway United, Shamrock Rovers and Longford Town (Section 2), along with Dundalk, Derry City, Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers, Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United (Section 3).

Meanwhile, the new Under-17 league also features Longford Town, Salthill Devon, Mervue United, Shamrock Rovers, St. Patrick's Athletic, Sligo Rovers and Athlone Town in Section 2, as well as Drogheda United, Monaghan United-Cavan FP, Finn Harps, Derry City, Shelbourne, Bohemians and Dundalk in Section 3.

Under-19 fixtures (Section 1): Tuesday or Wednesday, August 25 or 26, home to U.C.D.; week ending August 30, away to Limerick; week ending September 6, away to Cobh Ramblers; week ending September 13, home to Waterford United; week ending September 20, away to Cork City; Tuesday or Wednesday, September 22 or 23, away to Bray Wanderers; week ending September 27, home to Bray Wanderers; week ending October 11, away to U.C.D.; week ending October 25, home to Limerick; week ending November 1, home to Cobh Ramblers; Saturday, November 7, away to Waterford United; week ending November 22, home to Cork City; week ending November 29, quarter-finals; week ending December 6, semi-finals; week ending December 13, final.

Under-17 fixtures: week ending August 9, home to Bray Wanderers; week ending August 16, away to U.C.D.; week ending August 23, away to Cabinteely; week ending August 30, home to Limerick; week ending September 6, home to Cobh Ramblers; week ending September 13, away to Waterford United; week ending September 20, home to Cork City; week ending September 27, away to Bray Wanderers; week ending October 11, home to U.C.D.; week ending October 18, home to Cabinteely; week ending October 25, away to Limerick; week ending November 1, away to Cobh Ramblers; Saturday, November 7, home to Waterford United; week ending November 22, away to Cork City; week ending November 29, quarter-finals; week ending December 6, semi-finals; week ending December 13, final.

Meanwhile, in news from the Contintental Tyres National Women's League, it has emerged that reigning champions Wexford Youths Women - preparing for Champions' League action in Poland - will have south-east competition next season as Kilkenny United W.F.C. have been accepted into an eight-team league.

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