League of Ireland First Division Preview: Promotion Playoffs take centre stage

League of Ireland First Division Preview: Promotion Playoffs take centre stage
Ferrycarrig Park

Gameweek 24 in the League of Ireland First Division is nearly upon us, as the promotion playoffs are in focus for Wexford FC and Waterford FC.

With Galway United continuing their dominating assault on the division, the chasing pack have largely had to focus on maintaining their playoff status.

For Wexford, the opportunity to end the weekend in a valuable playoff spot is a distinct possibility as they welcome a promotion rival to Ferrycarrig Park.



James Keddy has been preparing his side for a meeting with Treaty United, knowing that a victory would increase their winning run to three while also generating a four-point lead over the Limerick side.

Momentum has been a critical issue for Keddy's side this year, and their away form has been more consistent than games played in the South East.

His sides will be looking to end that on Friday evening (July 28) at 7:45 pm while also generating breathing space over tomorrow night's opponents.

Wexford are currently placed one position below the playoff spots but are within one game of fifth-placed Bray Wanderers and only two points adrift.


Ian Ryan's Bray makes the agonising trip to Galway for a fixture against John Caulfield's men.

The action is set for 7:45 pm in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday, July 28.

Keith Long's Waterford occupies second place in the table, with a ten-point lead and a game in hand on third-placed Cobh Ramblers.

The Blues have collected ten points from a possible 15 and finds themselves in a league of their own - sitting 16 points behind runaway leaders Galway.

Following a draw at the RSC against Longford in their last outing, the Blues will be keen to return to winning ways and keep Caulfield's side on their toes at the top of the table.

Action is also for 7:45 pm in Athlone on Friday, July 28.

As mentioned above, the imperious Galway welcomes Bray to Eamonn Deacy Park with action underway at the same time as our South East sides.

The Westerners have won 20 of their 23 games played in the league. They have suffered one solitary defeat and collected 13 points from the last 15 on offer.

Wexford will have one eye on the proceedings here.

Friday's final fixture pits Kerry against Donegal, as Finn Harps endure the long trip to Kerry FC,

Their two previous outings have produced two draws, with the sides occupying the bottom positions in the table.

Mounthawk is the venue for a 7:45 pm kickoff.

Saturday's sole fixture will witness Longford Town against Cobh.

The Cork side makes the trip this week, with a 7:30 pm kickoff in Longford on Saturday, July 29.

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