Limerick FC to begin 2018 campaign with trip to Sligo

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Limerick FC players Cian Coleman and Tony Whitehead wearing the club's new Umbro away kit with new sponsors BetSat.com. Photo: Limerick FC

FOR THE second year in a row, Limerick FC begin their Premier Division campaign against Sligo Rovers, with the Super Blues starting their season with a trip to The Showgrounds on Saturday February 17.

The fixtures for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League were announced today and Limerick FC’s opening game will inevitably spark flashbacks to last season’s opener when they thumped Sligo 5-1 at Markets Field – unfortunately not a sign of what was to follow over the subsequent eight months.

Neil McDonald’s side will have their first home fixture of 2018 on Saturday February 24 against Bohemians, with games against Dundalk at Oriel Park, and then both Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers will visit the Markets Field.

Limerick FC fans will already be circling St Patrick’s Day in their calendars, as it is on March 17 that champions Cork City visit Markets Field.

Indeed, with teams now facing each other four times a season instead of three due to the introduction of the 10-team division, the Munster rivals will face off three times in just over two months.

Limerick FC travel to Turners Cross on May 4 and then host Cork again just 17 days later, as one round of fixtures has been rearranged from mid-July to accommodate teams playing in European club competitions.

The Super Blues’ final four games of the campaign are at home to Derry City, away to Cork City, at home to St Patrick’s Athletic and away to newly-promoted Waterford.

When Limerick take to the field against Sligo in just under two months’ time, they will do so with a new kit manufactured by Umbro after the club changed its kit supplier in recent days, Hummel’s two-year association with the Super Blues coming to an end.

Limerick FC’s kits for 2018 will also bear the name of BetSat.com, a Turkish online betting and casino company, with next season’s away strip unveiled earlier this week.