2015 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season 2015
Champions Dundalk
Relegated Limerick
Drogheda United
Champions League Dundalk
Europa League Cork City
St. Patrick's Athletic
Shamrock Rovers
Matches played 198
Goals scored 546 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorer Richie Towell: 25
(Dundalk)[1]
Biggest home win Dundalk 8-1 Bray Wanderers
(4 May 2015)
Biggest away win Bray Wanderers 0-5 Galway United
(25 April 2015)
Highest scoring Dundalk 8-1 Bray Wanderers
(4 May 2015)
2014
2016

The 2015 League of Ireland Premier Division was the 31st season of the League of Ireland Premier Division. Dundalk were champions and Cork City finished as runners-up.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium
Bohemians Phibsborough Dalymount Park
Bray Wanderers Bray Carlisle Grounds
Cork City Cork Turners Cross
Derry City Northern Ireland Derry Brandywell Stadium
Drogheda United Drogheda United Park
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park
Galway United Galway Eamonn Deacy Park
Limerick Limerick Markets Field
Longford Town Longford City Calling Stadium
Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Tallaght Stadium
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds
St Patrick's Athletic Inchicore Richmond Park

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bohemians Republic of Ireland Keith Long Republic of Ireland Derek Pender Hummel Mr Green
Bray Wanderers Republic of Ireland Alan Mathews
Poland Maciej Tarnogrodzki
Republic of Ireland David Cassidy
Republic of Ireland Trevor Croly
Republic of Ireland David Cassidy
Republic of Ireland Mick Cooke
Republic of Ireland David Cassidy Nike Royal Hotel
Cork City Republic of Ireland John Caulfield Republic of Ireland John Dunleavy Nike Clonakilty Sausages
Derry City Northern Ireland Peter Hutton
Republic of Ireland Paul Hegarty
Northern Ireland Ryan McBride Umbro Diamond Corrugated
Drogheda United Republic of Ireland John McDonnell
Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella
Republic of Ireland Michael Daly Nike Scotch Hall Shopping Center
Dundalk Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Donnell Umbro Fyffes
Galway United Republic of Ireland Tommy Dunne Republic of Ireland Paul Sinnott Macron Comer Property Management
Limerick Republic of Ireland Martin Russell Republic of Ireland Shane Duggan Macron Galtee Fuels
Longford Town Republic of Ireland Tony Cousins Republic of Ireland Mark Salmon Macron City Calling
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland Pat Fenlon Republic of Ireland Conor Kenna Warrior Pepper
Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland Owen Heary
Cameroon Joseph N'Do & Republic of Ireland Gavin Dykes
England Micky Adams
Republic of Ireland Gavin Peers Umbro Volkswagen
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Liam Buckley Republic of Ireland Ger O'Brien Umbro Clune Construction Company L.P.

Overview[edit]

The 2015 Premier Division consisted of 12 teams. Each team played each other three times for a total of 33 games. The season began on 6 March and concluded on 30 October.[2] On 9 October, with three games still remaining, Dundalk retained the title after a 1–1 draw with Shamrock Rovers.[3][4][5]

Final table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dundalk (C) 33 23 9 1 78 23 +55 78 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round[a]
2 Cork City 33 19 10 4 57 25 +32 67 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Shamrock Rovers 33 18 11 4 56 27 +29 65
4 St Patrick's Athletic 33 18 4 11 52 34 +18 58
5 Bohemians 33 15 8 10 49 42 +7 53
6 Longford Town 33 10 9 14 41 53 −12 39
7 Derry City 33 9 8 16 32 42 −10 35
8 Bray Wanderers 33 9 6 18 27 51 −24 33
9 Sligo Rovers 33 7 10 16 39 55 −16 31
10 Galway United 33 9 4 20 39 61 −22 31
11 Limerick (R) 33 7 8 18 46 73 −27 29 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
12 Drogheda United (R) 33 7 7 19 32 62 −30 28 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
Source: League of Ireland, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.[6]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Dundalk qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2015 FAI Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN GAL LIM LON SHM SLI StP
Bohemians 0–0 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–1
Bray Wanderers 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–5 4–0 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–0
Cork City 4–0 1–0 3–0 4–1 1–2 2–0 5–0 2–0 0–0 3–2 3–1
Derry City 1–2 0–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 0–3
Drogheda United 0–1 4–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 3–2 0–2
Dundalk 1–2 8–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 6–2 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–0
Galway United 5–3 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 2–4 3–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–4
Limerick 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–4 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–2
Longford Town 2–1 2–0 1–4 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–2
Shamrock Rovers 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 4–1 3–2 5–1 1–0
Sligo Rovers 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–3
St Patrick's Athletic 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 3–0

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BOH BRW COR DER DRO DUN GAL LIM LON SHM SLI StP
Bohemians 0–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–0
Bray Wanderers 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–2
Cork City 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–3 2–3
Derry City 2–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–0
Drogheda United 2–2 1–1 1–4 0–3 0–4
Dundalk 4–0 6–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 4–1
Galway United 0–4 1–1 1–3 4–2 2–1 0–1
Limerick 4–3 0–2 1–3 3–3 0–2 3–1
Longford Town 1–0 4–2 1–3 1–1 0–3
Shamrock Rovers 1–1 3–0 5–3 1–1 2–0 0–2
Sligo Rovers 0–2 3–2 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–1
St Patrick's Athletic 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–2

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Republic of Ireland Richie Towell Dundalk 25
2 Republic of Ireland Karl Sheppard Cork City 13
3 Republic of Ireland Vinny Faherty Limerick 12
United States Jake Keegan Galway United
Republic of Ireland Enda Curran Galway United
Republic of Ireland Michael Drennan Shamrock Rovers
Republic of Ireland David McMillan Dundalk
Republic of Ireland Daniel Corcoran Sligo Rovers
9 Republic of Ireland Christopher Forrester St Patrick's Athletic 11
Republic of Ireland Brandon Miele Shamrock Rovers

Source:[1][7]

Awards[edit]

Team of the Year[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Micheál Schlingermann Drogheda United
2 2DF Seán Gannon Dundalk
3 2DF Brian Gartland Dundalk
4 2DF Andy Boyle Dundalk
5 2DF Dane Massey Dundalk
6 3MF Richie Towell Dundalk
7 3MF James Chambers St Patrick's Athletic
8 3MF Stephen O'Donnell Dundalk
9 4FW Brandon Miele Shamrock Rovers
10 4FW Mark O'Sullivan Cork City
11 4FW Daryl Horgan Dundalk

Promotion/relegation playoff[edit]

Limerick, the eleventh placed team from the Premier Division played off against Finn Harps, the winner of the 2015 First Division play off, to decide who would play in the 2016 Premier Division.[2]

Finn Harps won 2–1 on aggregate and were promoted to 2016 Premier Division. Limerick are relegated to the 2016 First Division.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ireland - List of Topscorers". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Ireland 2015". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dundalk crowned champions with draw in Tallaght". www.rte.ie. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "We now have a Premier Division champion and the relegation battle is really hotting up". www.the42.ie. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "CHAMPIONS - Dundalk retain their title in Tallaght". www.independent.ie. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "PREMIER DIVISION 2015 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "2015 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division". inform.fai.ie. Retrieved 12 August 2016.