Carlow-Kilkenny start the under-17 campaign away to Wexford
Two south-east derbies lie ahead as Carlow-Kilkenny FC get ready for life in the SSE Airtricity Under-17 League.
The local side learned who they’ll face in their first season at this level after the Under-19 and Under 17 fixtures for the 2019 season were announced.
The 2019 under-age season is set to kick-off in March with the SSE Airtricity Under-17 League set to kick-off on the weekend ending Sunday, March 3. The SSE Airtricity Under-19 League begins on the weekend ending Sunday, March 10.
Carlow-Kilkenny FC join the Under-17 Southern Elite Division this season after a successful introduction to the under-age leagues at SSE Airtricity National U15 League level. In their first season the team, under Mark Ross, reached the semifinals of the Shield, losing to eventual champions Dundalk.
Stepping up to the under-17 level will see Carlow-Kilkenny form part of a 12-team Southern Elite Division. They will join Bray Wanderers, Cabinteely, Cobh Ramblers, Cork City, Galway United, Kerry, Limerick, Shamrock Rovers, UCD, Waterford and Wexford.
And it is near-neighbours Wexford who will provide the opposition in the opening round of fixtures, with the locals travelling to Ferrycarrig on the weekend of March 2/3.
Their first home game will be another local derby as Carlow-Kilkenny entertain Waterford a week later.
All times, dates and venues are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks with the fixtures for the SSE Airtricity National Under-15 (which features Carlow-Kilkenny) and Under-13 Leagues set to be announced at a later date.