2005 Setanta Cup

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2005 Setanta Cup
Country  Northern Ireland &
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Teams 6
Champions Northern Ireland Linfield (1st title)
Runners-up Republic of Ireland Shelbourne
Matches played 13
Goals scored 33 (2.54 per match)

The 2005 Setanta Cup was the first edition of a club football competition featuring teams from both football associations on the island of Ireland. It was inaugurated as a cross-border competition between clubs from the League of Ireland in the Republic of Ireland and the Irish League in Northern Ireland.

The cup is sponsored by Setanta Sports; the Irish sports television network. The competition was launched with Setanta providing support for prize money (350,000) and sponsorship (€1.6 million over 4 years).

For this season the cup was simply known as the Setanta Cup before being renamed the Setanta Sports Cup from 2006 onwards.

Glentoran beat Longford Town 2–1 in the first ever game of the competition on 15 March 2005. The first final saw Belfast side Linfield defeat Dublin's Shelbourne 2–0 at Tolka Park in Dublin on 21 May 2005 to collect the winner's prize of 150,000.[1]

Format[edit]

The teams would be split into two groups of 3 teams and play each other twice, once at home and once away. The winners of each group would play in a single game final, to be held in Tolka Park if at least one team from the Republic of Ireland was involved. If the final was played between two teams from Northern Ireland, the final would be held at Windsor Park.

Qualification[edit]

League of Ireland[edit]

Shelbourne qualified by winning the 2004 League of Ireland title. Longford Town qualified by winning the 2004 FAI Cup final. Cork City took the third spot by finishing second in the 2004 League of Ireland table.

Irish League[edit]

Linfield qualified by winning the 2003–04 Irish Premier League. Glentoran qualified by winning the 2003–04 Irish Cup. The third spot went to Portadown for finishing second in the 2003–04 Irish Premier League.

Following a draw (in which league winners were kept apart), the teams were placed as follows;

  • Group 1; Linfield, Longford Town, Glentoran
  • Group 2; Shelbourne, Portadown, Cork City

Group stage[edit]

Teams that progressed to the Final are indicated in bold type.

Teams eliminated from the Setanta Sports Cup this stage are indicated in italics.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Northern Ireland Linfield 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 9
Republic of Ireland Longford Town 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6
Northern Ireland Glentoran 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 3
2005-03-15
Glentoran 2 – 1 Longford Town
Halliday Goal 48'
Parkhouse Goal 65'
(Report) Keegan Goal 83'


2005-04-19
Linfield 3 – 2 Glentoran
Larmour Goal 11'
King Goal 35'
Simpson o.g. Goal 58'
(Report) Halliday Goal 47'
Melaugh Goal 85'



2005-05-16
Glentoran 2 – 4 Linfield
Lockhart Goal 62'
Holmes Goal 72'
(Report) McAreavey Goal 5'
Murphy Goal 28'
Ferguson Goal 43'
Mouncey Goal 54'
The Oval, Belfast
Referee: Republic of Ireland Ian Stokes

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
Northern Ireland Portadown 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 5
Republic of Ireland Cork City 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1 4
2005-03-22
Shelbourne 3 – 3 Portadown
Baker Goal 40', Goal 67'
Byrne Goal 44'
(Report) Hamilton Goal 49', Goal 59'
Boyle Goal 83'

2005-03-28
Cork City 1 – 0 Shelbourne
Behan Goal 59'
Gamble Red card 85'
(Report) Crawley Red card 90'
Turners Cross, Cork
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Northern Ireland David Malcolm

2005-04-11
Portadown 1 – 1 Cork City
Kelly Goal 77' (Report) Doyle Goal 64'

2005-04-25
Portadown 0 – 1 Shelbourne
Feeney Red card 53' (Report) Byrne Goal 4'

2005-05-02
Shelbourne 1 – 0 Cork City
Harris Goal 52' (Report)
Tolka Park, Dublin
Referee: Northern Ireland Mark Courtney

2005-05-16
Cork City 0 – 1 Portadown
McNulty Red card (Report) Hamilton Goal 30'
Hamilton Red card
Turners Cross, Cork
Referee: Republic of Ireland John Feighery

Final[edit]

2005-05-21
Shelbourne 0 – 2 Linfield
Byrne Red card 90+'
Moore Red card 90+'
(Report) Ferguson Goal 26'
Thompson Goal 37'
Tolka Park, Dublin
Referee: Northern Ireland Mark Courtney


Winner of 2005 Setanta Sports Cup
Northern Ireland Linfield
1st Title

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
  • Northern Ireland Philip Simpson (Glentoran)

References[edit]

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