League of Ireland Premier Division 1997-1998

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Unbeaten in three out of four Intertoto Cup games, it was apparent that things had been tightened up on the pitch. The spirit had returned, colours were changed to red-and-white and the fans were growing in numbers. The missing ingredient was success and by season’s end, Barry would provide that. League improvement continued with a creditable third place finish.

The Munster Cup was retained but it was the FAI Cup that put Cork City back on the map after several lean and desperate years. Derek Coughlan’s goal against Shelbourne ensured City got their hands on the famous trophy for the very first time.

Note 1: Shelbourne F.C. qualified for the LFA President’s Cup after also finishing as runners up in the 1997–98 FAI Cup.
Note 2: Cork City qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and FAI Super Cup after winning the 1997–98 FAI Cup final.

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
1St. Patrick's Athletic (C)331911346242268
2Shelbourne33207658322667
3Cork City331411850401053
4Shamrock Rovers33141094132952
5Bohemians331311950361450
6Dundalk33129124143-245
7Sligo Rovers33101494649-344
8Finn Harps33127144143-243
9Derry City331010133031-140
10UCD33912123638-239
11Kilkenny City (R)3347222763-3619
12Drogheda United (R)3329222055-3515

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