2007–08 Irish League Cup

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2007–08 Irish League Cup
CIS Insurance Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 16
Champions Linfield (9th win)
Runners-up Crusaders
Matches played 55
Goals scored 182 (3.31 per match)

The 2007–08 Irish League Cup (known as the CIS Insurance Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 22nd edition of Northern Ireland's secondary football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 2 February 2008 with the final.

Glentoran were the defending champions after their sixth League Cup win last season; a 1–0 victory over Cliftonville in the previous final. This season Glentoran went out at the semi-final stage to Crusaders, who were then defeated 3–2 by Linfield in the final. This was Linfield's ninth League Cup win, and last one to date. This was also the tenth time in eleven years that the cup had been won by one of Belfast's Big Two.[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]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 3–3 (5–6 p) Newry City
Glentoran 1–0 Dungannon Swifts
Linfield 5–1 Lisburn Distillery
Portadown 3–4 Crusaders

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Crusaders 1–0 Glentoran
Linfield 1–1 (4–3 p) Newry City


Final[edit]

2 February 2008
Crusaders 2 – 3 Linfield
Rainey Goal 54'
Brown Goal 77'
Report Thompson Goal 46'
Ferguson Goal 86'89'

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