2004–05 Irish League Cup

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2004–05 Irish League Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 16
Champions Glentoran (5th title)
Runners-up Linfield
Matches played 55
Goals scored 162 (2.95 per match)

The 2004–05 Irish League Cup was the 19th edition of Northern Ireland's secondary football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 9 November 2004 with the final.

Cliftonville were the defending champions after their first ever League Cup win last season; a penalty shootout victory over Larne in the previous final. This season Cliftonville reached the semi-finals but were defeated by Linfield, who were then defeated 2–1 in the final by cup winners Glentoran. This was the eighth final in nine years that had featured either Linfield or Glentoran, and the third time in four years that both clubs had faced each other in the final. It was also Glentoran's second cup win in three years, taking their tally to five League Cups overall.[1][2]

The 16 clubs taking part were divided into four groups of four clubs. The clubs in each group played each other at home and away. The top two clubs from each group then advanced to the quarter-finals where they played a single knock-out tie against another quarter-finalist. The semi-finals were played in the same format with the two winners of the ties advancing to the single match final.

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Group B[edit]

Group C[edit]

Group D[edit]


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 2–1 Ards
Glentoran 1–0 Ballymena United
Linfield 3–1 Dungannon Swifts
Lisburn Distillery 1–0 Coleraine


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 1–2 (aet) Linfield
Glentoran 2–0 Lisburn Distillery


9 November 2004
Linfield 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Glentoran
Picking Goal 81' Report Lockhart Goal 4'
Morgan Goal 104'