1986–87 Irish Cup

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1986–87 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 16
Champions Glentoran (13th title)
Runners-up Larne
Matches played 21
Goals scored 49 (2.33 per match)

The 1986–87 Irish Cup was the 107th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 2 May 1987 with the final.

Glentoran were the defending champions after winning their 12th Irish Cup last season, defeating Coleraine 2–1 in the 1986 final.[1] They successfully defended the cup for the second year running, by beating Larne 1–0 in the final. In doing so, they became the first club in 94 years to win three consecutive Irish Cups. Linfield were the last club to achieve it, winning the 1891, 1892 and 1893 finals.[2]

This season also saw the number of clubs involved in the competition reduced back to 16 due to the re-structuring of the league system. Only two clubs from outside the 14-club top flight took part, qualifying through preliminary rounds. Omagh Town and Tobermore United qualified to take part in the competition proper, but both clubs went out in the first round.

First round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 2–1 Omagh Town
Crusaders 1–1 Newry Town
Distillery 0–0 Cliftonville
Coleraine 3–1 Linfield
Larne 2–0 Ballymena United
Glenavon 1–0 Portadown
Glentoran 3–1 Carrick Rangers
Tobermore United 1–1 Bangor

Replays[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 1–0 Distillery
Bangor 2–0 Tobermore United
Newry Town 2–0 Crusaders


Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 1–2 Larne
Bangor 1–6 Coleraine
Glentoran 3–2 Glenavon
Newry Town 0–0 Cliftonville

Replay[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 0–2 Newry Town


Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Coleraine 1–2 Larne
Glentoran 1–1 Newry Town

Replay[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Newry Town 1–2 Glentoran


Final[edit]

2 May 1987
Glentoran 1 – 0 Larne
Mullen Goal 33' Report


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland 1986/87". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012.