The SSE Airtricity League have released group and fixtures for the upcoming first-ever Under 15 National League.
The 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 and Billy Woods takes control of Cork’s side and Kevin McHugh will be at Finn Harps.
Longford Town have been drawn in Group 1 with Derry City, Finn Harps, Mayo League, Monagahan/Cavan and Sligo Rovers. A very competitive group but one the young Town team will feel they can do well in.
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
Longford’s fixtures are as follows
Game 1: Weekend ending August 20th
Longford Town V Derry City
Game 2: Weekend ending August 27th
Sligo Rovers V Longford Town
Game 3: Weekend ending September 3rd
Longford Town V Finn Harps
Game 4: Weekend ending September 10th
Longford Town V Mayo League
Game 5: Weekend ending September 17th
Monaghan/Cavan V Longford Town
Game 6: Weekend ending September 24th
Longford Town V Monaghan/Cavan
Game 7: Weekend ending October 1st
Mayo League V Longford Town
Game 8: Weekend ending October 8th
Finn Harps V Longford Town
Game 9: Weekend ending October 15th
Longford Town V Sligo Rovers
Game 10: Weekend ending October 22nd
Derry City V Longford Town