Linfield Rangers celebrate lifting the Under-18 Academy League title (c) Colin McMaster

ACADEMY LEAGUES RETURN FOR A SECOND SEASON

After a hugely successful opening campaign, the NIFL Academy Leagues return for a second season this weekend.

The Under-18s begin on Friday evening, with the Under-16s following on Saturday morning.

Linfield claimed both titles last season and kick off their respective defences against their Cliftonville counterparts.

Please note the fixtures with respective venues and kick-off times for both Academy Leagues.

Academy League Under-18
Friday 6th September 2019 (all 8pm kick-off, unless stated)
Ballymena United U18 v. Warrenpoint Town U18 (venue: Ballymena Showgrounds)
Cliftonville Strollers v. Linfield Rangers (venue: Solitude; kick-off 7:30pm)
Coleraine U18 v. Dungannon Swifts U18 (venue: UUC Campus)
Glenavon U18 v. Carrick Rangers U18 (venue: Lurgan Junior High School)
Glentoran Colts v. Ballinamallard United U18 (venue: Mount Pleasant 3G, Belfast)
Institute U18 v. Crusaders U18 (Melvin Park Arena, Strabane)
Newry City U18 v. Ards U18 (Kilcluney, Markethill)

Academy League Under-16
Saturday 7th September 2019 (all 11am kick-off, unless stated)
Ards U16 v. Newry City U16 (Londonderry Park, Newtownards)
Ballinamallard United U16 v. Glentoran Youth (Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen; kick-off 12pm)
Carrick Rangers U16 v. Glenavon U16 (Taylors Avenue 3G)
Coleraine U16 v. Dungannon Swifts U16 (Windy Hall, Coleraine; kick-off 11:30am)
Crusaders U16 v. Institute U16 (Seaview)
Linfield U16 v. Cliftonville U16 (Suffolk Park, Belfast)
Warrenpoint Town U16 v. Ballymena United U16 (venue: Rathfriland High School; kick-off 11:15am)