2014–15 Irish Cup

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2014–15 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 125
Champions Glentoran (22nd win)
Runners-up Portadown
Matches played 124
Goals scored 511 (4.12 per match)

The 2014–15 Irish Cup was the 135th edition of the premier knock-out cup competition in Northern Irish football since its introduction in 1881. The competition began on 23 August 2014 with the first round and concluded on 2 May 2015 with the final. For the first time since 1995, the final was played at the Oval, Belfast. It was switched from the usual venue following the discovery of damage to a stand at Windsor Park.[1]

Glenavon were the defending champions, following their 2–1 win over Ballymena United in the 2014 final. However, this season they were eliminated in the sixth round after a shock 2–0 defeat to second tier side Harland & Wolff Welders.

Glentoran won the cup for the second time in three seasons and the 22nd time overall by defeating Portadown 1–0 in the final.[2] Glentoran subsequently qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.

Format and Schedule[edit]

125 clubs entered this season's competition, an increase of six clubs compared with the 2013–14 total of 119 clubs. Initially there had been 128 entrants, however three clubs – Draperstown Celtic, Lisanally Rangers and Mountjoy United – all withdrew after the first round draw had been made, with Lisanally Rangers later dissolving.[3]

80 regional league clubs from tiers 4–7 in the Northern Ireland football league system entered the competition in the first round. A further 4 clubs proceeded directly into the second round; one club received a bye (necessitated by the number of participants), while the other 3 clubs had no first round matches after their opponents withdrew from the competition. These clubs contested the first three rounds, with the 11 surviving clubs joining the 29 NIFL Championship clubs in the fourth round.

The 12 NIFL Premiership clubs then entered the competition in the fifth round, along with the 20 winners from the fourth round matches. In a major change to the rules from previous seasons, replays were abolished. All ties level after 90 minutes used extra time to determine the winner, with a penalty shoot-out to follow if necessary.

Round Draw date First match date Fixtures Clubs
First Round 29 July 2014 23 August 2014 40 125 → 85
Second Round 1 September 2014 4 October 2014 22 85 → 63
Third Round 6 October 2014 8 November 2014 11 63 → 52
Fourth Round 10 November 2014 6 December 2014 20 52 → 32
Fifth Round 17 December 2014 10 January 2015 16 32 → 16
Sixth Round 10 January 2015 7 February 2015 8 16 → 8
Quarter-Finals 7 February 2015 28 February 2015 4 8 → 4
Semi-Finals 28 February 2015 21 March 2015 2 4 → 2
Final 2 May 2015 1 2 → 1

Results[edit]

The league tier of each club at the time of entering the competition is listed in parentheses.

First Round[edit]

The draw for the first round was made on 29 July 2014 with the matches played on 23 August 2014. Markethill Swifts received a bye into the second round. After the draw was made, Draperstown Celtic, Lisanally Rangers and Mountjoy United withdrew, and their first round opponents subsequently proceeded to the second round.[4]

Note: All entrants at this stage were at regional level (tiers 4–7).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Abbey Villa (4) walkover Lisanally Rangers (4) (withdrew)
Albert Foundry (4) 1–0 Portaferry Rovers (6)
Ardglass (4) 4–3 (aet) Fivemiletown United (4)
Ards Rangers (4) 3–2 Islandmagee (4)
Ballymacash Rangers (4) 2–1 Dromara Village (5)
Ballynahinch Olympic (6) 3–1 Grove United (6)
Ballynahinch United (6) 2–3 (aet) Lisburn Rangers (5)
Ballywalter Recreation (6) 2–0 Bryansburn Rangers (7)
Banbridge Rangers (4) walkover Draperstown Celtic (4) (withdrew)
Bangor Amateurs (7) 2–1 Dundonald (5)
Chimney Corner (4) 2–3 (aet) Malachians (4)
Comber Recreation (4) 1–2 Hanover (5)
Crewe United (4) 0–7 St Mary's (4)
Crumlin Star (4) 2–1 Larne Technical Old Boys (5)
Crumlin United (5) 5–1 Orangefield Old Boys (5)
Derriaghy Cricket Club (4) 3–1 Newcastle (6)
Drumaness Mills (4) 2–1 Downshire Young Men (6)
Dungiven Celtic (4) 0–1 Donard Hospital (7)
Dunloy (4) 2–0 Ballysillan Swifts (4)
Dunmurry Recreation (5) 3–0 Downpatrick (5)
East Belfast (6) 3–2 Lower Maze (4)
Groomsport (7) 0–4 1st Bangor Old Boys (6)
Holywood (7) walkover Mountjoy United (4) (withdrew)
Immaculata (4) 2–0 St Patrick's Young Men (5)
Killyleagh Youth (4) 2–2 (aet)
(3–2 p)
Barn United (5)
Killymoon Rangers (4) 2–5 (aet) Newtowne (4)
Kilmore Recreation (4) 2–5 Brantwood (4)
Kilroot Recreation (7) 0–8 Sirocco Works (6)
Lurgan Town (5) 2–3 (aet) UUJ (5)
Magherafelt Sky Blues (4) 4–2 Dromore Amateurs (7)
Moneyslane (5) 1–4 Colin Valley (7)
Newbuildings United (4) 1–3 Desertmartin (4)
Nortel (4) 2–2 (aet)
(2–3 p)
Shankill United (4)
Oxford Sunnyside (5) 1–3 Ardstraw (4)
Rathfern Rangers (6) 3–1 Iveagh United (7)
Rathfriland Rangers (5) 4–0 Seagoe (5)
Richhill (5) 0–2 Oxford United Stars (4)
Roe Rovers (4) 1–3 (aet) Broomhill (4)
Saintfield United (7) 2–2 (aet)
(8–9 p)
Shorts (7)
Strabane Athletic (4) 1–4 (aet) Newry City AFC (4)
Tandragee Rovers (4) 4–1 Dunmurry Young Men (6)
Valley Rangers (5) 2–3 Bloomfield (6)
Wellington Recreation (6) 3–2 (aet) Ballynure Old Boys (4)

Source: irishfa.com

Second Round[edit]

The draw for the second round took place on 1 September 2014, with the matches played on 4 October 2014. The 40 winners from the first round matches entered this round, along with Abbey Villa, Banbridge Rangers, Holywood and Markethill Swifts.[4]

Note: All entrants at this stage were at regional level (tiers 4–7).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
1st Bangor Old Boys (6) 2–0 Colin Valley (7)
Abbey Villa (4) 2–0 Ardstraw (4)
Ardglass (4) 2–4 Ards Rangers (4)
Ballynahinch Olympic (6) 2–2 (aet)
(2–3 p)
Immaculata (4)
Ballywalter Recreation (6) 4–5 Shankill United (4)
Banbridge Rangers (4) 4–3 (aet) Shorts (7)
Bloomfield (6) 2–3 St Mary's (4)
Brantwood (4) 4–2 Bangor Amateurs (7)
Crumlin United (5) 7–0 Broomhill (4)
Derriaghy Cricket Club (4) 3–2 Holywood (7)
Desertmartin (4) 1–3 Newtowne (4)
Dunmurry Recreation (5) 0–2 Oxford United Stars (4)
Hanover (5) 4–4 (aet)
(5–3 p)
Magherafelt Sky Blues (4)
Killyleagh Youth (4) 0–3 Drumaness Mills (4)
Malachians (4) 1–4 (aet) Crumlin Star (4)
Markethill Swifts (5) 1–5 East Belfast (6)
Newry City AFC (4) 1–0 Donard Hospital (7)
Rathfern Rangers (6) 2–5 Albert Foundry (4)
Rathfriland Rangers (5) 3–0 Dunloy (4)
Sirocco Works (6) 1–1 (aet)
(1–3 p)
Lisburn Rangers (5)
Tandragee Rovers (4) 5–1 Ballymacash Rangers (4)
UUJ (5) 2–0 Wellington Recreation (6)

Source: irishfa.com

Third Round[edit]

The draw for the third round took place on 6 October 2014, with the matches played on 8, 15 and 29 November 2014. The 22 winners from the second round entered this round.[4]

Note: All entrants at this stage were at regional level (tiers 4–7).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
8 November 2014
Albert Foundry (4) 6–1 St Mary's (4)
Banbridge Rangers (4) 0–2 Tandragee Rovers (4)
Crumlin United (5) 3–0 UUJ (5)
Derriaghy Cricket Club (4) 2–2 (aet)
(2–0 p)
Oxford United Stars (4)
Drumaness Mills (4) 1–2 Brantwood (4)
East Belfast (6) 3–5 Newtowne (4)
Immaculata (4) 0–2 Crumlin Star (4)
Lisburn Rangers (5) 2–7 (aet) Ards Rangers (4)
Newry City AFC (4) 4–0 Hanover (5)
15 November 2014
Abbey Villa (4) 1–2 Shankill United (4)
29 November 2014
1st Bangor Old Boys (6) 1–1 (aet)
(6–5 p)
Rathfriland Rangers (5)

Source: irishfa.com

Fourth Round[edit]

The fourth round draw was made on 10 November 2014, with the matches played on 6 December 2014. The 11 winners from the third round matches entered this round, along with the 29 NIFL Championship clubs.[4] 1st Bangor Old Boys were the lowest ranked team to reach this round – the only representatives as low as the sixth tier of the Northern Ireland football league system that still remained in the competition. However, the run came to an end after a 3–0 defeat to Annagh United.

Note: Intermediate clubs from tiers 2 and 3 entered the competition at this stage.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Annagh United (3) 3–0 1st Bangor Old Boys (6)
Armagh City (2) 2–0 Shankill United (4)
Banbridge Town (3) 1–4 Ards (2)
Bangor (2) 2–1 Lurgan Celtic (3)
Carrick Rangers (2) 4–1 Albert Foundry (4)
Coagh United (3) 0–2 Brantwood (4)
Dergview (2) 0–1 Larne (2)
Derriaghy Cricket Club (4) 3–2 Wakehurst (3)
Donegal Celtic (2) 2–3 (aet) Ballyclare Comrades (2)
Dundela (2) 4–1 Ballymoney United (3)
Harland & Wolff Welders (2) 2–0 Dollingstown (3)
Limavady United (3) 1–3 (aet) Tobermore United (3)
Lisburn Distillery (2) 0–1 Crumlin Star (4)
Loughgall (2) 6–2 Tandragee Rovers (4)
Moyola Park (3) 3–2 Glebe Rangers (3)
Newtowne (4) 4–1 Crumlin United (5)
Portstewart (3) 2–1 Newry City AFC (4)
PSNI (2) 2–1 Knockbreda (2)
Queen's University (3) 2–3 Newington YC (3)
Sport & Leisure Swifts (3) 2–6 Ards Rangers (4)

Source: irishfa.com

Fifth Round[edit]

The draw for the fifth round took place on 17 December 2014, with the games played on 10 and 20 January 2015. The 20 winners from the fourth round matches entered this round, along with the 12 NIFL Premiership clubs.[4] The 5 clubs from the fourth tier that made it through to this round were the lowest ranked clubs remaining in the competition.

Note: Senior clubs from tier 1 entered the competition at this stage.

Sixth Round[edit]

The sixth round draw took place after the fifth round matches had been played, with the fixtures played on 7 February 2015. The 16 winners from the fifth round matches entered this round.[4] Third tier club Portstewart were the lowest-ranked side to reach this stage of the competition.

Linfield's home tie against Warrenpoint Town was initially delayed until 16 February 2015 to allow time for an IFA investigation into allegations that a Warrenpoint Town player, Darren Forsyth, who had played in the 3–1 win over Coleraine in the previous round may have been ineligible. In the event of Forsyth being deemed to have been ineligible, Warrenpoint Town would have been expelled from the competition, and Coleraine would have been reinstated as Linfield's sixth round opponents.[5] However, the IFA later deemed Forsyth to have been eligible. At the request of both clubs, the match was rescheduled back to its original date of 7 February 2015.[6]

Quarter-Finals[edit]

The quarter-final draw took place on 7 February 2015 after the sixth round matches had been played, with the matches played on 28 February 2015. The 8 winners of the sixth round matches entered the quarter-finals.[4] Carrick Rangers and Harland & Wolff Welders were the lowest ranked sides to reach the quarter-finals, as the only two clubs from outside the top-flight remaining in the competition.

Semi-Finals[edit]

The 4 quarter-final winners entered the semi-finals, with the matches played on 21 March 2015 at neutral venues.[4]

Final[edit]

On 2 May 2015, the final was played at the Oval, Belfast for the first time since 1995. It was switched from the usual venue following the discovery of damage to a stand at Windsor Park.[1] Glentoran had reached the final for the second time in three seasons, after winning the cup in 2013. Portadown had last reached the final in 2010, when they lost 2–1 against Linfield. It was only the third ever meeting between the two sides in the final, with Glentoran being the victors on both previous occasions. In fact, Portadown had never scored a goal against the Glens in a final, losing 3–0 in 1990 and 1–0 in the last meeting in 2000. The trend continued, with Glentoran winning once again without conceding a goal, to lift the cup for the 22nd time overall.

2 May 2015
14:30 BST
Glentoran (1) 1 – 0 Portadown (1)
Scullion Goal 54' BBC Sport
IFA
The Oval, Belfast
Attendance: 8,072
Referee: Ross Dunlop

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Irish Cup final switched to the Oval". BBC Sport. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Irish Cup final: Glentoran 1-0 Portadown". BBC Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Facebook - Lisanally Rangers Football Club". Facebook. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Domestic - Irish Cup". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Challenge Cup Committee Statement". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "IRISH CUP: LINFIELD V WARRENPOINT TOWN". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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