The Academy League returns after the winter break with a weekend action in both the Under-16 and Under-18 divisions.

In the Under-18 Academy League on Friday evening, the top two are not in action, giving third placed Dungannon Swifts U18 the chance to gain some ground on the leaders on their travels to Glentoran Colts.

On Saturday it's the turn of the Under-16 league and leaders Linfield U16 will be keen to keep the charge going as they visit Ards U16 at Londonderry Park, second placed Cliftonville U16 are at home to Ballymena United U16.

Academy League Under-18
Friday, 18th January 2019 (kick-off 8pm)
Ballymena United U18 v Clfitonville Strollers (venue: Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballymena)
Coleraine U18 v Glenavon U18 (venue: University of Ulster, Coleraine)
Crusaders U18 v Carrick Rangers U18 (venue: Seaview, Belfast)
Glentoran Colts v Dungannon Swifts U18 (venue: Knockbreda, Belfast)
Warrenpoint Town U18 v Ballinamallard United U18 (venue: Kilcuney, Markethill)

Under-16 Academy League
Saturday, 19th January 2019
Ards U16 v Linfield U16 (venue: Londonderry Park, Newtownards; kick-off: 11am)
Ballinamallard United U16 v Warrenpoint Town U16 (venue: Fisher Park 3G, Ballinamallard; kick-off: 12.45pm)
Carrick Rangers U16 v Crusaders U16 (venue: Carrick 3G, Carrickfergus; kick-off: 11.30am)
Cliftonville U16 v Ballymena United U16 (venue: University of Ulster, Jordanstown; kick-off: 11am)
Glenavon U16 v Coleraine U16 (venue: Lurgan Junior High 3G, Craigavon; kick-off: 1.30pm)

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