2004–05 Irish Cup

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2004–05 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 32
Champions Portadown (3rd title)
Runners-up Larne
Matches played 39
Goals scored 107 (2.74 per match)

The 2004–05 Irish Cup was the 125th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 7 May 2005 with the final.

Glentoran were the defending champions, winning their 20th Irish Cup last season after a 1–0 win over Coleraine in the 2004 final. This season the Glens reached the semi-final stage, but were defeated by Portadown, who then went on to lift the cup for the third time with a 5–1 victory over Larne in the final.

It was the highest scoring final in 36 years, since the 1969 final replay when Ards defeated Distillery 4–2. It was also the first time in 43 years that the final had been won by a four-goal margin, when Linfield defeated Portadown 4–0 in 1962. This was Larne's fifth appearance in the final without ever winning; a record in the competition that still stands. They had previously been runners-up in the 1928, 1935, 1987 and 1989 finals. Derry Celtic (1898 and 1904) and Limavady (1885 and 1886) are the only other clubs to have reached the final more than once, but never won.[1][2]


Fifth round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Armagh City 1–2 Dungannon Swifts
Ballyclare Comrades 1–1 Ards
Ballymena United 1–0 Coagh United
Bangor 1–5 Newry City1
Carrick Rangers 1–5 Coleraine
Cliftonville 2–3 Banbridge Town
Glenavon 0–2 Portadown
Glentoran 6–0 Lisburn Rangers
Institite 4–0 Ballymoney United
Kilmore Recreation 1–0 Ballynure Old Boys
Larne 3–0 East Belfast
Linfield 1–1 Limavady United
Lisburn Distillery 4–1 Ballinamallard United
Loughgall 5–1 Donegal Celtic
Omagh Town 0–1 Crusaders
Tobermore United 0–2 Harland & Wolff Welders

1Newry City were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. Bangor were reinstated.

Replays[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballyclare Comrades 0–1 Ards
Limavady United 1–2 Linfield


Sixth round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 4–1 Kilmore Recreation
Crusaders 0–1 Coleraine
Dungannon Swifts 1–2 Larne
Glentoran 1–1 Linfield
Institite 1–2 Ards
Lisburn Distillery 1–1 Harland & Wolff Welders
Loughgall 0–0 Banbridge Town
Portadown 2–1 Bangor

Replays[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Linfield 0–3 Glentoran
Lisburn Distillery 1–2 Harland & Wolff Welders
Loughgall 2–0 Banbridge Town


Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 0–1 Portadown
Ballymena United 0–0 Harland & Wolff Welders
Coleraine 1–2 Glentoran
Loughgall 1–1 Larne

Replays[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 4–0 Harland & Wolff Welders
Larne 3–0 Loughgall


Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 0–1 Larne
Glentoran 0–0 Portadown

Replay[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Portadown 1–0 Glentoran


Final[edit]

7 May 2005
Portadown 5 – 1 Larne
Arkins Goal 15'59'
Convery Goal 34'
McCann Goal 36'
Kelly Goal 48'
Report Ogden Goal 3'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 5,431

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland 2004/05". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012.