The first top of the table clash of the new SSE Airtricity League season takes place on Friday night when leaders Drogheda United meet second place Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

United and Bohs were two of the three sides that claimed a victory on the opening day of the season and are separated by goal difference at the top.

Sligo Rovers are the only other side with three points on the board so far - the Bit O' Red are away to Bray Wanderers and go into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over Crusaders in the second leg of their Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final last Monday.

Dundalk, bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat in the Co Louth derby against Drogheda, by beating Coleraine 2-0 in the Setanta Sports Cup on Monday night but face their bogey side from last season Limerick at Oriel Park.

Limerick took seven points out of nine from the three league meetings in 2013.

Champions St Patrick’s Athletic also negotiated their passage into the Setanta Sports Cup semi-finals at the expense of Ballinamallard United and they have home advantage against UCD while Premier Division football will be played for the first time at Athlone Town Stadium when the last year’s First Division champions meet Shamrock Rovers.

Friday, March 14

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Athlone Town v Shamrock Rovers, Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45pm

Bohemians v Drogheda United, Dalymount Park,  7.45pm

Bray Wanderers v Sligo Rovers, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm

Dundalk v Limerick, Oriel Park,7.45pm

St. Patrick's Athletic v UCD, Richmond Park, 7.45pm