2013 League of Ireland Cup

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2013 League of Ireland Cup
EA Sports Cup
Country Republic of Ireland
 Northern Ireland
Teams 22
Champions Shamrock Rovers
Runners-up Drogheda United
Matches played 21
Goals scored 72 (3.43 per match)

The 2013 League of Ireland Cup, also known as the 2013 EA Sports Cup, is the 40th season of the Irish football knockout competition.

A total of 22 teams have entered the 2013 competition. The 12 League of Ireland Premier Division and 8 League of Ireland First Division clubs were joined by Ulster Senior League runners up Cockhill Celtic and the Mayo League representative side. For the First and Second rounds of the competition, all participating clubs will be split into 4 regional pools while the further rounds of the competitions will have an open draw. The 2013 competition will commence with the First round on 2 March 2013.

Teams[edit]

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4

First round[edit]

The draw for the First Round took place on 30 January 2013.[1] The First Round games were played on the 2, 3, 11 and 19 March 2013.[2][3]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pool 1
Waterford United 2–1 Cobh Ramblers

Report

Pool 2
Mayo League 1–4 Finn Harps

Report

Mervue United 2–1 Cockhill Celtic

Report

Pool 3
Bohemians 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) UCD

Report

Pool 4
Athlone Town 0–2 Longford Town

Report

Dundalk 1–0 Shelbourne

Report

Second round[edit]

The draw for the Second Round took place on 3 April 2013.[4] The Second Round games were played on the 20 and 21 May 2013.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pool 1
Limerick 1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2p)
Waterford United
Wexford Youths 0–4 Cork City
Pool 2
Finn Harps 1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(5–6p)
Derry City
Sligo Rovers 4–0 Mervue United
Pool 3
Bohemians 4 – 2 (a.e.t.) Bray Wanderers
Salthill Devon 2 – 3 (a.e.t.) St. Patrick's Athletic
Pool 4
Drogheda United 6–0 Longford Town
Shamrock Rovers 1–0 Dundalk

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was made on 10 June 2013.[5] All of the remaining teams play in the League of Ireland Premier Division; this had not happened since 2005.[5] The tie between Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick's Athletic was postponed from 1 July due to the latter club travelling to Lithuania for a Europa League fixture.[6]

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was made on 8 July 2013.[7]

Final[edit]

The final, which was broadcast live on Setanta Sports,[8] took place at Tallaght Stadium, the home ground of finalists Shamrock Rovers, on 21 September 2013.[8] The 2012 League of Ireland Cup Final was also contested by Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.[8] Shamrock Rovers won the game 2–0 with a penalty from Gary McCabe in the 11th minute and Thomas Stewart scoring the second in the 58th minute when he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper after a pass by Paul O'Connor.[9][10][11]

21 September 2013
18:00
Drogheda United 0–2 Shamrock Rovers
Prendergast Red card 86' Report McCabe Goal 11' (pen.)
Stewart Goal 58'
Oman Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 51', 69'
Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 3,820
Referee: Padraigh Sutton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EA Sports Cup First Round Draw Made". airtricityleague.ie (Airtricity League). 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "EA Sports Cup Kicks Off This Weekend". airtricityleague.ie (Airtricity League). 1 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Waterford v Cobh Refixed". airtricityleague.ie (Airtricity League). 12 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "EA Sports Cup Second Round Draw Made". airtricityleague.ie (Airtricity League). 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "EA SPORTS Cup draw on Monday, June 10". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "EA SPORTS Cup reaches quarter-final stage". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 EA SPORTS Cup Semi-final draw". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "EA SPORTS Cup final between Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers confirmed for Tallaght Stadium". RTÉ News. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shamrock Rovers defeat Drogheda to seal EA Sports Cup victory". The Score. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Shamrock Rovers 2–0 Drogheda United". Goal.com. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Shamrock Rovers 2–0 Drogheda United". Shamrockrovers.com. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.