2018–19 NIFL Premiership

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NIFL Premiership
Season 2018–19
Dates 5 August 2018 – May 2019
All statistics correct as of 5 August 2018.

The 2018–19 NIFL Premiership (known as the Danske Bank Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the 118th season of the Irish League overall and the sixth as the Northern Ireland Football League. The season began on 4 August 2018 and will conclude in May 2019.

Crusaders are the defending champions from the previous season.[1]

The winner qualifies for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League while the runner-up along with potentially the third-placed team and the play-off winners will qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.

Teams[edit]

Twelve teams will compete in the 2018–19 NIFL Premiership. Ballinamallard United were relegated after finishing bottom of the 2017–18 NIFL Premiership and were replaced by Institute as the winners of the 2017–18 NIFL Championship.

Carrick Rangers finished second from bottom and lost their Premiership place after losing the promotion-relegation play-off against NIFL Championship promotion play-off winners Newry City 6–3 on aggregate.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Locations of the Belfast-based 2018–19 NIFL Premiership teams
Club Stadium Location Capacity[2][3]
Ards Clandeboye Park Bangor 1,895 (500 seated)
Ballymena United The Showgrounds Ballymena 3,050 (2,280 seated)
Cliftonville Solitude Belfast 2,530 (all seated)
Coleraine The Showgrounds Coleraine 2,496 (1,106 seated)
Crusaders Seaview Belfast 3,383 (all seated)
Dungannon Swifts Stangmore Park Dungannon 5,000 (300 seated)
Glenavon Mourneview Park Lurgan 4,160 (4,000 seated)
Glentoran The Oval Belfast 6,054 (4,989 seated)
Institute Brandywell Stadium Derry 7,700 (2,900 seated)
Linfield Windsor Park Belfast 18,167 (all seated)
Newry City The Showgrounds Newry 2,275 (1,080 seated)
Warrenpoint Town Milltown Warrenpoint 1,280 (150 seated)

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Linfield 8 5 3 0 15 1 +14 18 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Glenavon 7 5 1 1 18 8 +10 16 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Glentoran 7 4 2 1 14 8 +6 14
4 Coleraine 7 3 4 0 12 5 +7 13 Qualification for the Europa League play-offs[b]
5 Cliftonville 8 3 2 3 12 10 +2 11
6 Ballymena United 6 3 1 2 14 11 +3 10
7 Crusaders 7 3 1 3 11 13 −2 10 Qualification for the Europa League play-offs[b]
8 Institute 8 2 2 4 7 14 −7 8
9 Newry City 8 2 1 5 6 14 −8 7
10 Ards 7 1 3 3 7 8 −1 6
11 Warrenpoint Town 8 1 1 6 7 24 −17 4 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
12 Dungannon Swifts 7 0 3 4 3 10 −7 3 Relegation to the NIFL Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 22 September 2018. Source: NIFL Premiership, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Play-off (only by decision of IFA)[4]
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. ^ a b Teams play for one spot in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

During matches 1–22 each team plays every other team twice (home and away).

Home \ Away ARD BYM CLF COL CRU DUN GLA GLT INS LIN NEW WPT
Ards 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 4–0
Ballymena United
Cliftonville 3–2 1–2 3–0 1–1
Coleraine 2–2 0–0 3–0
Crusaders 4–2 2–2 0–3 0–2 1–0
Dungannon Swifts 0–0 0–2 1–1
Glenavon 4–0 3–2 1–1 0–1
Glentoran 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 4–1
Institute 0–0 1–4 1–0 2–0
Linfield 0–0 3–0 3–0
Newry City 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1
Warrenpoint Town 1–6 2–1 1–2 2–4 0–5
Updated to match(es) played on 22 September 2018. Source: NIFL Premiership
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 23–33[edit]

During matches 23–33 each team will play every other team for the third time (either at home, or away).

Matches 34–38[edit]

During matches 34–38 each team will play every other team in their half of the table once. As this is the fourth time that teams play each other this season, home sides are chosen so that they will have played each other twice at home and twice away.

Top six[edit]

Bottom six[edit]

Play-offs[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

Teams finishing fourth to seventh will take part in Europa League play-offs to decide one team who will qualify for next season's 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

NIFL Premiership play-offs[edit]

Pre-play-off[edit]

The runners-up and third-placed teams from the Championship are set to take part (over two legs) in the Championship promotion pre-play-off.

Play-off[edit]

The eleventh-placed team from the Premiership will play the winner of the pre-play-off over two legs for one spot in the 2019–20 NIFL Premiership.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 7 September 2018[5]
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Northern Ireland Joe Gormley Cliftonville 5
2 Northern Ireland Curtis Allen Glentoran 4
Northern Ireland Michael McCrudden Institute
3 Northern Ireland Jamie McGonigle Coleraine 3
4 Northern Ireland Aaron Burns Coleraine 2
Northern Ireland Jonathan Frazer Ards
Northern Ireland Stephen Hughes Newry City
Northern Ireland Andrew Mitchell Glenavon
Northern Ireland Gareth Tommons Coleraine
Northern Ireland Eoin Bradley Coleraine
Northern Ireland Joel Cooper Linfield
Northern Ireland Jay Donnelly Cliftonville
Northern Ireland Stephen Donnelly Glenavon
Republic of Ireland Daniel Kearns Linfield
Northern Ireland Mark Kelly Ards
Northern Ireland Stephen Lowry Coleraine
Northern Ireland Brad Lyons Coleraine
Northern Ireland Ryan Mayse Ballymena United
Northern Ireland John McGuigan Glentoran
Northern Ireland Michael O'Connor Linfield
Northern Ireland Rory Patterson Crusaders
Northern Ireland Andrew Waterworth Linfield
Northern Ireland James Knowles Linfield
Republic of Ireland Alan O'Sullivan Warrenpoint Town
Northern Ireland Stephen Murray Glenavon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irish Premiership:Crusaders are crowned champions". BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "AQW 1178/11". niassembly.gov.uk. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sport NI Annual review 2008/09" (PDF). sportni.net. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Premiership 2018/2019 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 5 August 2018. 
  5. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/irish-premiership/top-scorers

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