League of Ireland Premier Division 1988-1989

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This was an eventful season for City in many ways: the sacking of O’Keefe, another relegation battle, a first FAI Cup final appearance and a European qualification at the end of it all.

Poor early form and attendances cast doubts over O’Keefe’s tenure and there was an acrimonious parting of the ways before Christmas with O’Mahony re-installed to guide the ship to safety. The side battled to finish eighth in the league and produced brave but unsuccessful defences of the Munster and League Cups. Losing to treble champions Derry City in the FAI Cup decider earned the club its first European ticket.

PosClubPWDLAGDPts
1Derry City (C)332454214953
2Dundalk3320112272851
3Limerick8318956372045
4St. Patrick's Athletic3316116192143
5Bohemians331261543-230
6Athlone Town331171533-329
7Shamrock Rovers338131242-829
8Cork City338101536-726
9Shelbourne338101540-1426
10Galway United33891656-2225
11Cobh Ramblers (R)33691854-2521
12Waterford United (R)33662158-3718

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