League of Ireland Premier Division 2006

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The 2006 season was one of mixed fortunes for Cork City. A relatively solid start to the season led to the club reaching the Setanta Sports Cup final in April, where an extra-time goal led to Cup Final defeat at the hands of Drogheda United for the second time in a matter of months. The club went on to face Cypriot Side Apollon Limassol in the First Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League, who they defeated 2-1 over two legs. Next up were the famous Red Star Belgrade who inflicted a 1-0 defeat on City at Turner’s Cross, while a 3-0 loss in the away leg saw the club bow out 4-0 on aggregate.

The European campaign took its toll as the club then went 5 games without a win which saw them lose ground in the title race. Despite this, results combined to leave the club only a matter of points behind going into the last few games, but a final day defeat away to Derry City saw the club finish the season in 4th place with the prospect of playing in the Intertoto Cup in the coming season.

Note 1: Shelbourne were relegated to the First Division for financial irregularities.
Note 2: Bohemians were deducted three points for fielding Jason McGuinness while he was suspended.
Note 3: Dublin City withdrew from league on 18 July 2006. All their results were expunged.
Note 4: Waterford lost promotion/relegation play-off but subsequently replaced Shelbourne for the 2007 season.

League of Ireland Premier Division 2006

1Shelbourne (C) (R) [Note 1]30188460273362
2Derry City30188446202662
3Drogheda United301610437231458
4Cork City301511437152256
5Sligo Rovers30117123342−0940
7St. Patrick's Athletic30910113229337
8Longford Town30810122327−0434
9Bohemians [Note 2]3095162934−0529
10Bray Wanderers3038192264−4217
11Dublin City (R) [Note 3]1743101124–1315
12Waterford (R) [Note 4]3026222058−3812

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