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DANSKE Bank Premiership champions Cliftonville begin their title defence against newly promoted Ards on Saturday, 10th August following the release of the 2013/14 fixtures.

It is a meeting of champions, pitting last season's Belfast Telegraph Championship winners against a Reds side that swept all before them on their way to the Gibson Cup.

Warrenpoint Town, promoted via a play-off victory over Donegal Celtic, take on Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park. This will be a home game for the 'Point given their groundshare arrangements with the Swifts.

Runners-up last term, Crusaders, travel to Ballinamallard United while Linfield make the journey to Shamrock Park to face Ronnie McFall's Portadown.

Elsewhere, Irish Cup holders Glentoran entertain Coleraine with Ballymena United completing the opening round of fixtures by welcoming Glenavon to The Showgrounds.

The opening round of games reads:-
Saturday, 10th August, 2013 (kick-off 3pm)
Ballinamallard United v. Crusaders
Ballymena United v. Glenavon
Cliftonville v. Ards
Glentoran v. Coleraine
Portadown v. Linfield
Warrenpoint Town v. Dungannon Swifts