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Manager Pat Dolan was sacked in pre-season and replaced by Damien Richardson. Following a sluggish start to the season, City went on to play some outstanding football, particularly in a UEFA cp run which saw them dispose of Lithuanian side Ekranas, and then Swedish champions-elect Djurgardens, before finally falling to Slavia Prague in the first round proper. The disappointment of exiting the UEFA cup was quickly put to rest as the team’s domestic performances remained consistent.

The season ended with a thrilling last day title decider at Turner’s Cross against Derry City- a match which sold out 2 weeks in advance. A 2-0 win for the home side meant the title was back on Leeside after a long wait. The chance of the double was dashed by a 2-0 defeat to Drogheda United at Landsdowne Road in the FAI Cup Final.

Note 1: Shamrock Rovers deducted 8 points for financial irregularities.

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
1Cork City (C)33228353183574
2Derry City33226556253172
3Shelbourne33207662253767
4Drogheda United33121294033748
5Longford Town33129122932-345
6Bohemians33136144247-545
7Bray Wanderers33116164057-1739
8Waterford3397173049-1934
9UCD33712142844-1633
10St. Patrick's Athletic33711152636-1032
11Shamrock Rovers (R) [Note 1]3398163352-1927
12Finn Harps (R)3356223051-2121

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