2012–13 Irish Cup

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2012–13 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 119
Champions Glentoran (21st title)
Runners-up Cliftonville
Matches played 121
Goals scored 480 (3.97 per match)

The 2012–13 Irish Cup was the 133rd edition of the premier knock-out cup competition in Northern Irish football since its introduction in 1881. The competition began on 15 September 2012 with the first round and ended on 4 May 2013 with the final. The cup was sponsored by JJB Sports until October 2012, when the company went into administration.[1] The competition remained without a principal sponsor, but the final was known as the Marie Curie Irish Cup final, after the IFA awarded the naming rights for the final to the charity Marie Curie Cancer Care.[2]

Linfield were the defending champions, after defeating Crusaders 4–1 in the 2012 final to win the cup for the sixth time in seven seasons.[3] However, in a tie that was a repeat of the previous two finals, they were knocked out in the fifth round by Crusaders, who inflicted Linfield's first defeat in the competition in four years.

The eventual winners were Glentoran, coming from a goal behind to defeat Cliftonville 3–1 after extra time to win their first Irish Cup in nine years. Glentoran qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.[4]

Format[edit]

119 clubs took part in this season's competition, an increase on the 116 clubs that took part the previous season. Clubs from level 4 and below on the Northern Ireland football league system entered in the first round, and played against other lower league clubs in the first three rounds. Depending on the number of participants, some clubs may be given a bye into the second round. Nine clubs were given a bye this season.

28 of the 30 IFA Championship clubs that started the season entered in the fourth round. Newry City folded after the start of the season and, of the remaining 29 clubs, PSNI did not enter on time.[5][6][7] The IFA Championship clubs were joined in the fourth round by the lower league clubs that progressed through the first three rounds.

The winners from the fourth round matches joined the clubs from the IFA Premiership in the fifth round, and from then on it was a straight knock-out competition through to the final. Replays were only used in the fifth round, sixth round and quarter final stages, otherwise extra time and penalties were used to determine the winner if necessary.


Round Draw date First match date Fixtures Clubs
Original Replays
First round 16 August 2012 15 September 2012 35 119 → 84
Second round 25 September 2012 20 October 2012 22 84 → 62
Third round 1 November 2012 17 November 2012 10 62 → 52
Fourth round 22 November 2012 8 December 2012 20 52 → 32
Fifth round 13 December 2012 12 January 2013 16 3 32 → 16
Sixth round 12 January 2013 9 February 2013 8 0 16 → 8
Quarter-finals 9 February 2013 2 March 2013 4 1 8 → 4
Semi-finals 2 March 2013 6 April 2013 2 4 → 2
Final 4 May 2013 1 2 → 1

First round[edit]

The draw for the first round was held on 16 August 2012 with the matches played on 15 September 2012.

Ballynahinch United, Bangor Amateurs, Crumlin United, Dunmurry Recreation, Killyleagh Youth, Magherafelt Sky Blues, Mountjoy United, Newbuildings United and Saintfield United all received byes into the second round.[8]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
15 September 2012
18th Newtownabbey Old Boys 0–2 Camlough Rovers
Abbey Villa 5–1 Shorts
Ballywalter Recreation 0–5 Bangor Swifts
Bangor Rangers 0–1 (aet) UUJ
Bloomfield 2–1 Laurelvale
Bryansburn Rangers 0–1 Crumlin Star
Carniny Amateurs 3–3 (4–2 p) Ardstraw
Desertmartin 0–4 Rathfriland Rangers
Dollingstown 3–2 Dunmurry Young Men
Downshire Young Men 3–1 Crewe United
Draperstown Celtic 2–6 (aet) Drumaness Mills
Dungiven Celtic 0–2 Dromore Amateurs
East Belfast 1–5 Comber Recreation
Fivemiletown United 0–1 (aet) Shankill United
Groomsport 0–3 Ards Rangers
Holywood 0–2 Ballynure Old Boys
Kilmore Recreation 5–0 Lurgan Town
Kilroot Rec. 1–2 Seagoe
Larne Tech Old Boys 1–2 Islandmagee
Lisanally Rangers 0–3 Dromara Village
Lisburn Rangers 2–1 Grove United
Lower Maze 5–2 Iveagh United
Malachians 2–2 (4–2 p) Newington Youth Club
Markethill Swifts 1–6 Immaculata
Newcastle 1–1 (4–3 p) Ballymacash Rangers
Newtowne 5–1 Moneyslane
Nortel 3–1 Mossley Young Men
Oxford Sunnyside 3–3 (3–0 p) 1st Bangor Old Boys
Oxford United Stars 3–2 Brantwood
Rathfern Rangers 2–2 (5–4 p) Banbridge Rangers
Richhill 1–3 Barn United
Roe Rovers 1–3 Rosario Youth Club
Sirocco Works 2–1 Raceview
Tandragee Rovers 1–0 Derriaghy Cricket Club
Wellington Recreation 8–0 FC Ballynure1

Source: irishfa.com

1Wellington Recreation were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, their opponents were reinstated.

Second round[edit]

The draw for the second round took place on 25 September 2012. The 35 winners from the first round matches entered the competition at this round, along with the 9 clubs that received a bye. The matches were played on 20 and 27 October 2012.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
20 October 2012
Ards Rangers 6–0 Lower Maze
Ballynahinch United 2–1 Dromore Amateurs
Ballynure Old Boys 3–2 Carniny Amateurs
Bloomfield 1–3 Rathfriland Rangers
Comber Recreation 4–1 Camlough Rovers2
Dollingstown 1–2 Oxford United Stars
Downshire Young Men 1–3 Sirocco Works
Dromara Village 0–2 Killyleagh Youth2
Drumaness Mills 4–2 Saintfield United
Dunmurry Recreation 4–2 Bangor Swifts
Immaculata 4–1 Newbuildings United
Islandmagee 7–0 Shankill United
Nortel 0–3 Kilmore Recreation
Oxford Sunnyside 2–3 Crumlin United
Rathfern Rangers 2–1 Abbey Villa
Rosario Youth Club 2–0 Magherafelt Sky Blues
Seagoe 3–4 Malachians
Tandragee Rovers 3–1 Newtowne
UUJ 1–2 Lisburn Rangers
27 October 2012
Bangor Amateurs 2–3 Newcastle
Barn United 1–2 Crumlin Star
FC Ballynure 1–3 Mountjoy United

Source: irishfa.com

2Comber Recreation and Killyleagh Youth were both disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, their opponents were reinstated.

Third round[edit]

The draw for the third round took place on 1 November 2012. The 22 winners from the second round matches entered the draw for this round, with 20 of the clubs drawn to play against each other. Oxford United Stars and Rathfriland Rangers both received a bye into the fourth round because of the demise of Championship club Newry City, and the failure of fellow Championship club PSNI to enter on time.[6] This had reduced the number of teams in the fourth round and hence it was decided to draw two byes in the third round to make up the requisite fourth-round numbers. The matches were played on 17 November 2012.[9]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
17 November 2012
Ballynure Old Boys 2–1 Rathfern Rangers
Camlough Rovers 2–3 Ards Rangers
Crumlin United 1–2 Dromara Village
Drumaness Mills 3–2 Islandmagee
Immaculata 8–1 Dunmurry Recreation
Kilmore Recreation 4–3 Malachians
Lisburn Rangers 1–3 Ballynahinch United
Newcastle 0–3 Crumlin Star
Sirocco Works 0–1 Mountjoy United
Tandragee Rovers 0–2 Rosario Youth Club

Source: irishfa.com

Fourth round[edit]

The draw for the fourth round was made on 22 November 2012. 28 of the 29 clubs from the IFA Championship entered the competition at this stage (PSNI not having entered).[6] They were joined by the 10 winners of the third round matches and the two clubs that received byes. The matches were played on 8 December 2012.[10]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
8 December 2012
Annagh United 3–3 (6–7p) Rosario Youth Club
Ards Rangers 3–5 Immaculata
Armagh City 2–2 (4–5p) Ards
Ballyclare Comrades 3–2 Portstewart
Ballymoney United 1–1 (3–4p) Ballynahinch United
Bangor 3–0 Crumlin Star
Chimney Corner 0–2 Loughgall
Dundela 1–0 Glebe Rangers
Harland & Wolff Welders 2–0 Oxford United Stars
Institute 1–0 Dergview
Killymoon Rangers 4–2 Dromara Village
Kilmore Recreation w/o Drumaness Mills3
Larne 3–2 Wakehurst
Limavady United 0–3 Knockbreda
Lurgan Celtic 1–0 Carrick Rangers
Moyola Park 0–2 Coagh United
Queen's University 3–1 Banbridge Town
Rathfriland Rangers 1–0 Ballynure Old Boys
Tobermore United 7–1 Mountjoy United
Warrenpoint Town 4–2 Sport & Leisure Swifts

Source: irishfa.com

3Drumaness Mills were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, their opponents received a walkover.

Fifth round[edit]

The fifth round draw was made on 13 December 2012. The 12 clubs from the IFA Premiership entered the competition at this stage, along with the 20 winners from the fourth round matches. The matches were played on 12 January 2013, with the replays being played on 22 January and 4 February 2013.[11]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
12 January 2013
Ards 4–0 Immaculata
Ballyclare Comrades 2–3 Bangor
Ballymena United 2–1 Warrenpoint Town
Cliftonville 4–2 Ballinamallard United
Coleraine 7–0 Ballynahinch United
Dundela 4–3 Queen's University
Glenavon 5–1 Harland & Wolff Welders
Institute 2–1 Rathfriland Rangers
Killymoon Rangers 1–4 Glentoran
Knockbreda 5–1 Rosario Youth Club
Larne 1–1 Lurgan Celtic
Linfield 2–2 Crusaders
Lisburn Distillery 5–1 Coagh United
Loughgall 1–3 Donegal Celtic
Portadown 2–1 Dungannon Swifts
Tobermore United 2–2 Kilmore Recreation

Replays[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
22 January 2013
Crusaders 2–1 Linfield
Tobermore United 0–1 Kilmore Recreation
4 February 2013
Larne 1–4 Lurgan Celtic

Source: irishfa.com

Sixth round[edit]

The sixth round draw was made after the fifth round matches were played on 12 January. The matches were played on 9 and 26 February 2013. Northern Amateur Football League club Kilmore Recreation were the lowest ranked side in the draw as the only club from outside the IFA Premiership or IFA Championship left in the competition.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
9 February 2013
Ballymena United 2–3 Coleraine
Bangor 2–5 Glentoran
Cliftonville 2–0 Donegal Celtic
Crusaders 4–1 Glenavon
Institute 0–2 Kilmore Recreation
Lurgan Celtic 0–3 Knockbreda
Portadown 1–0 Ards
26 February 2013
Lisburn Distillery 2–1 Dundela

Source: irishfa.com

Quarter-finals[edit]

The quarter-final draw was made after the sixth round matches were played on 9 February. The matches were played on 2 March 2013, with one replay taking place on 12 March. Northern Amateur Football League club Kilmore Recreation were the lowest ranked side in the draw as the only club from outside the IFA Premiership or IFA Championship left in the competition.[12]

2 March 2013
15:00 GMT
Cliftonville 2 – 0 Kilmore Recreation
Seydak Goal 56'
Donnelly Goal 86'
Report

2 March 2013
15:00 GMT
Coleraine 0 – 3 Portadown
Report Braniff Goal 34'87' (pen.)
Murray Goal 68' (pen.)

2 March 2013
15:00 GMT
Crusaders 1 – 1 Lisburn Distillery
Adamson Goal 18' Report Boyd Goal 12'

2 March 2013
15:00 GMT
Knockbreda 1 – 3 Glentoran
McClean Goal 18' Report Magee Goal 12' (pen.)
McMenamin Goal 53' (o.g.)
Waterworth Goal 68'
Breda Park, Belfast

Replay[edit]


12 March 2013
19:30 GMT
Lisburn Distillery 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Crusaders
Withers Goal 75' Report Owens Goal 52'
  Penalties  
3 – 4

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw was made after the quarter-final matches were played on 2 March. The matches were played on 6 April 2013.[13]

6 April 2013
12:30 BST
Portadown 0 – 1 Glentoran
Report Kane Goal 79'

6 April 2013
16:30 BST
Crusaders 0 – 2 Cliftonville
Report McMullan Goal 67' (pen.)
Gormley Goal 68'

Final[edit]

The final took place on 4 May 2013 at Windsor Park.

4 May 2013
14:30 BST
Cliftonville 1 – 3 (a.e.t.) Glentoran
Gormley Goal 34' Report Waterworth Goal 64'101'
Callacher Goal 99'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 9,825
Referee: Arnold Hunter

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "THE BLUES AND THE CRUES TO MEET IN IRISH CUP 5TH ROUND". irishfa.com. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Cliftonville face possible Crusaders Irish Cup semi-final clash". BBC Sport. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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