The SSE Airtricity League resumes this evening after the mid-season break with nine games down first decision in both the Premier and First Divisions.

In the Premier Division leaders Dundalk travel to the Brandywell to face Derry City with both sides hoping for a confidence booster ahead of their foray into Europe next week when they will be engaged in the first leg of their Europa League First Qualifying-Round ties.

Second-place Cork City, who trail Dundalk by three points but have a game in hand, host Munster rivals Limerick, who will be hoping to stretch the three-match winning run they began before the break.

St Patrick’s Athletic, sitting in third place, are at home to Bray Wanderers, while behind them,  Shamrock Rovers take the short trip to UCD.

The Students will be hoping to bounce back after suffering their first defeat in nine league games when they lost at home to Cork City two weeks ago.

Bottom of the table Athlone Town went into the break on the back of a morale boosting 6-0 win over Drogheda United and manager Keith Long will be hoping to build on that result away to Bohemians.

The final Premier Division game at United Park sees the two sides who changed managers during the break facing each other.

Darius Kierans has taken over as caretaker manager of Drogheda United following the departure of Robbie Horgan, while John Coleman has replaced Ian Baraclough at Sligo Rovers.

In the First Division leaders Shelbourne, without a win in four games, have seen their lead cut to two points and face a tricky return to action at home to Wexford Youths while second place Galway host Longford Town.

Finn Harps and Waterford meet at Finn Park in this evening’s other First Division tie while, on Saturday, bottom side Cobh Ramblers, meet the side immediately above them, Shamrock Rovers B, although the sides are separated by ten points.

Friday, 27 June 

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Bohemians v Athlone Town, Dalymount Park, 19:45

Cork City v Limerick, Turner’s Cross, 19:45

Derry City v Dundalk, Brandywell Stadium, 19:45

Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, United Park, 19:45

St Patrick’s Athletic v Bray Wanderers, Richmond Park, 19:45

UCD v Shamrock Rovers, The UCD Bowl, 19:45

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Galway v Longford Town, Eamonn Deacy Park, 19:45

Finn Harps v Waterford United, Finn Park, 20:00

Shelbourne v Wexford Youths, Tolka Park, 20:00

Saturday, 28 June

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Cobh Ramblers v Shamrock Rovers, St Colman’s Park, 19.45