2011 FAI Cup

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2011 FAI Cup
FAI Ford Cup
Country  Republic of Ireland
Teams 45
Champions Sligo Rovers
Runners-up Shelbourne

The 2011 FAI Senior Challenge Cup, also known as the 2011 FAI Ford Cup, is the 88th season of the national football competition of the Republic of Ireland. The winners of the competition will earn spots in both the second qualifying round[1] of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League and the 2012 Setanta Sports Cup.

A total of 45 teams competed in the 2011 competition which commenced on the weekend ending on 20 March 2011.[citation needed] The 21 teams entered from the 2011 League of Ireland Premier and First divisions received byes into the Third round stage while the remaining 24 teams entered at the First and Second round stages with all but four of these teams receiving byes into the Second round. These 24 teams composed of four 2011 A Championship non-reserve clubs, the sixteen clubs from the Fourth round of the 2010–11 FAI Intermediate Cup and the semifinalists of the 2010–11 FAI Junior Cup.

Teams[edit]

Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
First round 45 4 none 4 Leinster Senior League
Second round 43 22 2 20 A Championship
Munster Senior League
Ulster Senior League
Third round 32 32 11 21 Premier Division
First Division
Fourth round 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-Finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2011 FAI Cup, as announced by Football Association of Ireland.

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money
First round 20 March 2011 2 45 → 43 4: 42nd–45th n/a
Second round 17 April 2011 11 43 → 32 20: 22nd–41st n/a
Third round 3 June 2011 16 32 → 16 21: 1st–21st n/a
Fourth round 26 August 2011 8 16 → 8 none n/a
Quarter-Finals 18 September 2011 4 8 → 4 none n/a
Semi-Finals n/a 2 4 → 2 none n/a
Final n/a 1 2 → 1 none Winner €50,000
runner – up €25,000

Preliminary Rounds[edit]

First round[edit]

The draw for this round was conducted by FAI President Paddy McCaul and former player Paul Whelan at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown on 7 March 2011.[2] Only four of the 24 non-League of Ireland clubs participated in this round, with the remaining 20 clubs earning a bye to the Second round. The matches were played on the weekend ending 20 March 2011.

Second round[edit]

Like for the First round, the draw for this round was conducted by FAI President Paddy McCaul and former player Paul Whelan at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown on 7 March 2011.[2] The two winners from the First round joined the remaining 20 non-League of Ireland clubs in this round. The matches were played on the weekend ending 17 April 2011.

Third round[edit]

In this round, the 21 clubs of the 2011 League of Ireland will be joined by the 11 winners of the Second round.[2] The draw for the third round was made on 9 May 2011 on Monday Night Soccer on RTÉ Two.[3] The Third round games will be played on the weekend ending 5 June 2011.

Fourth round[edit]

The draw for the fourth round was made on 13 July 2011 on Monday Night Soccer.

  • Note 1: After a 3–2 victory for Sheriff YC they were subsequently found to have fielded an ineligible player and were ejected from the cup. Shelbourne were awarded a 3–0 victory and qualified for the Quarter-Finals.[4][5]

Final Rounds[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                 
Dundalk 0 0
Bohemians 0 1
Bohemians 0
Sligo Rovers 1
Cork City 0
St. Patrick's Athletic 1
Sligo Rovers 4 (pen)
Shelbourne 1
Sligo Rovers 1
Shamrock Rovers 0
St. Patrick's Athletic 1 1
Shelbourne 1 3
Shelbourne 4
Limerick 3

Quarter Finals[edit]

The draw for the Quarter-Finals, conducted by Vice President of FAI, Tony Fitzgerald and Women's Irish national football team manager Susan Ronan, took place on 29 August 2011 on Monday Night Soccer. Fixtures will take place on the weekend of 18 September 2011.

Semi Finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was conducted by Paul Osam and FAI President Paddy McCaul during Monday Night Soccer on 26 September 2011, after the first 3 games, but before the Shelbourne v Limerick game. Ties will be played on the weekend of 14 and 16 October 2011.

Final[edit]

Main article: 2011 FAI Cup Final

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012/13 Access list Bert Kassies' Site
  2. ^ a b c "FAI Ford Cup First and Second round draws". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Big Guns Kept Apart In FAI Cup Draw – RTE.ie
  4. ^ "Shels reinstated to the FAI Cup". extratime.ie. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Shelbourne FC back in FAI Ford Cup". shelbournefc.ie. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.