1979–80 Irish Cup

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1979–80 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 16
Champions Linfield (32nd win)
Runners-up Crusaders
Matches played 22
Goals scored 56 (2.55 per match)

The 1979–80 Irish Cup was the 100th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. It began on 2 February 1980, and concluded on 26 April 1980 with the final.

The defending champions were Cliftonville, after they had won the cup for the 8th time the previous season, defeating Portadown 3–2 in the 1978–79 final.[1] However, Portadown gained revenge by knocking the holders out in the first round with a 2–1 win. Linfield won the cup for the 32nd time, defeating Crusaders 2–0 in the final.[2]

First round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Bangor 2–01 Ballymena United
Cliftonville 1–2 Portadown
Coleraine 8–1 Ballyclare Comrades
Crusaders 1–0 Stranmillis College
Larne 0–22 Glentoran
Linfield 3–1 Distillery
Queen's University 0–4 Glenavon
RUC 4–0 Ards

1This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 1–1 draw.[2]
2This tie required two replays, after the first games ended as 1–1 and 0–0 draws.[2]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 3–2 Portadown
Crusaders 0–33 Glenavon
Linfield 4–0 Glentoran
RUC 1–04 Coleraine

3This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 0–0 draw.[2]
4This tie required two replays, after the first games ended as 1–1 and 0–0 draws.[2]

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Crusaders 2–15 RUC
Linfield 1–0 Ballymena United

5This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 1–1 draw.[2]

Final[edit]

26 April 1980
Linfield 2 – 0 Crusaders
McCurdy Goal 12'
McKeown Goal 68' (pen.)
Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Northern Ireland 1979/80". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012.