2007 Setanta Sports Cup

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2007 Setanta Sports Cup
Country  Northern Ireland &
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Teams 8
Champions Republic of Ireland Drogheda United
(2nd title)
Runners-up Northern Ireland Linfield
Matches played 27
Goals scored 67 (2.48 per match)

The 2007 Setanta Sports Cup was the 3rd staging of the cross-border cup competition that takes place between football clubs from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The final was played at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 12 May 2007, and was won by Drogheda United with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Linfield when the scores were level at 1–1 after extra time. Drogheda won the trophy for the second successive year.

Shelbourne's withdrawal[edit]

The draw for the 2007 Setanta Cup competition was made on 7 December 2006 with the original competing teams being the identical ones to the previous year's competition. On 30 January 2007, however, Shelbourne announced that they were withdrawing from the competition for reasons relating to their financial troubles and the fact that they would be unlikely to field a team of players. Their place was given to the 2006 FAI Cup runners-up to Derry City, St Patrick's Athletic, despite the fact that the next best-placed in the previous season's league (Shelbourne's qualification route), who did not have a place in the Setanta Cup already, were Sligo Rovers. While it is likely that the organisers transferred Derry, who finished second in the league, into Shelbourne's empty slot, first in the league, for the purpose of official qualification and then accorded St Pat's qualification by way of the FAI Cup, this would have logically entailed Derry moving into Group 2 to fill Shelbourne's place, while St. Patrick's should compete in Group 1 in the place of the moved Derry.[citation needed] However, it is possible that for the purposes of the initial draw, teams were accorded lots on an alphabetical basis.[citation needed] Thus, it would follow that St. Patrick's would have been assigned the same lot as Shelbourne and would have, as a result, been drawn in the same slot anyway.[citation needed]

Group stage[edit]

The draw for this round was held 7 December 2006. The matches were played 26 February-17 April 2007.

Teams that progressed to the Semi-Finals are indicated in bold type.

Teams eliminated from the Setanta Cup are indicated in italics.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Northern Ireland Linfield 6 3 3 0 8 5 +3 12
2. Republic of Ireland Drogheda Utd 6 3 2 1 5 2 +3 11
3. Republic of Ireland Derry City 6 1 2 3 6 8 -2 5
4. Northern Ireland Glentoran 6 1 1 4 4 8 -4 4

2007-02-26
Glentoran 0 – 1 Derry City
(Report) McHugh Goal 85'
The Oval, Belfast
Attendance: 2,728
Referee: Northern Ireland Alan Black

2007-03-05
Linfield 1 – 1 Glentoran
Stewart Goal 21'
Gault Red card 90+'
(Report) Hill Goal 31'
Neill Red card 90+'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Referee: Republic of Ireland Ian Stokes


2007-03-19
Glentoran 0 – 1 Drogheda United
(Report) O'Keeffe Goal 48'

2007-03-20
Linfield 2 – 1 Derry City
Dickson Goal 20'
Kearney Goal 45 pen'
Lindsay Red card 79'
(Report) Farren Goal 14'

2007-03-26
Derry City 2 – 2 Linfield
Beckett Goal 35'
McCourt Goal 60'
(Report) O'Kane Goal 74'
Dickson Goal 85'

2007-03-26
Drogheda United 2 – 0 Glentoran
O'Keeffe Goal 30'
Grant Goal 45'
(Report) Hill Red card 35'

2007-04-02
Derry City 1 – 2 Glentoran
Brennan Goal 16' (Report) McMenamin Goal 54'
McDonagh Goal 87'


2007-04-17
Drogheda United 2 – 1 Derry City
Grant Goal 69'
Zayed Goal 90+'
(Report) Deery Goal 45'

2007-04-17
Glentoran 1 – 2 Linfield
Neill Goal 42 pen' (Report) Stewart Goal 7'
Thompson Goal 55'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 6 5 1 0 17 3 +14 16
2. Republic of Ireland Cork City 6 3 1 2 14 5 +9 10
3. Northern Ireland Dungannon Swifts 6 0 4 2 6 12 -6 4
4. Northern Ireland Portadown 6 0 2 4 3 20 -17 2
2007-02-26
Dungannon Swifts 0 – 0 Cork City
(Report)
Stangmore Park, Dungannon
Referee: Northern Ireland Frankie Hiles

2007-02-26
St Patrick's Athletic 3 – 0 Portadown
Ndo Goal 41'
Kirby Goal 47', Goal 53'
(Report)

2007-03-05
Portadown 2 – 2 Dungannon Swifts
Collins Goal 68'
McCutcheon Goal 70'
(Report) McCluskey Goal 21'
Gallagher Goal 90+3'

2007-03-12
Cork City 1 – 3 St Patrick's Athletic
O'Flynn Goal 85' (Report) O'Neill Goal 32', Goal 90+2 pen'
Kirby Goal 50'


2007-03-20
Cork City 4 – 0 Portadown
O'Donovan Goal 46', Goal 76'
Lordan Goal 60'
Lally Goal 90'
(Report)

2007-03-26
Portadown 0 – 7 Cork City
(Report) Behan Goal 15', Goal 82'
O'Flynn Goal 18'
Gamble Goal 32'
O'Donovan Goal 44', Goal 66', Goal 87'



2007-04-02
St Patrick's Athletic 1 – 0 Cork City
Maguire Goal 27' (Report)
Richmond Park, Dublin
Referee: Northern Ireland Mark Courtney

2007-04-16
Cork City 2 – 1 Dungannon Swifts
O'Brien Goal 4'
Behan Goal 35'
(Report) McCabe Goal 64'
Wells Red card 81'
Turners Cross, Cork
Referee: Republic of Ireland Declan Hanney

2007-04-16
Portadown 0 – 3 St Patrick's Athletic
(Report) Lynch Goal 52'
O'Connor Goal 62', Goal 71'

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was made by drawing the winners of Group A against the runners-up of Group B and vice-versa, with group winners having home advantage. There would be no replays if the matches were drawn; instead, extra time would decide winners immediately thereafter. If extra time did not decide the winners, a set of five alternating penalty kicks would decide winners.

23 April 2007
20:05 IST
St. Patrick's Athletic 0 – 1 (AET) Drogheda United
(Report) Zayed Goal 112'
Richmond Park, Dublin
Attendance: 2,735
Referee: Adrian McCourt Northern Ireland

30 April 2007
20:05 IST
Linfield 1 – 0 Cork City
O'Kane Goal 85' (Report)
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 2,647
Referee: Ian Stokes Republic of Ireland

Final[edit]

12 May 2007
17:00 IST
Linfield 1 – 1 (AET) Drogheda United
McAreavey Goal 67' (Report) Lynch Penalty missed 56'
Grant Goal 77'
  Penalties  
Ervin Penalty scored
Mouncey Penalty scored
Ferguson Penalty scored
Dickson Penalty missed
O'Kane Penalty missed
3 – 4 Penalty missed Lynch
Penalty scored Grant
Penalty scored Bradley
Penalty scored Robinson
Penalty scored Byrne
Windsor Park, Belfast
Referee: Northern Ireland Adrian McCourt


Winner of 2007 Setanta Sports Cup
Republic of Ireland Drogheda United
2nd Title

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

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