1978–79 Irish Cup

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1978–79 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 16
Champions Cliftonville (8th win)
Runners-up Portadown
Matches played 17
Goals scored 68 (4 per match)

The 1978–79 Irish Cup was the 99th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition.

The defending champions were Linfield, who defeated Ballymena United 3–1 in the 1977–78 final.[1] However, they were knocked out by eventual winners Cliftonville in the first round. Cliftonville went on to win the cup for the 8th time, defeating Portadown 3–2 in the final. The 1979 victory represented their first cup success in 70 years; this remains a record for the longest gap between Irish Cup wins.[2] To date, this is Cliftonville's last Irish Cup success, though they have reached the final five times since this win; in 1997, 1999, 2009 and 2013. They lost the 1997, 2009 and 2013 finals, and were disqualified before the final was played in 1999 when it was discovered that they had fielded an ineligible player in the earlier rounds.

First round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 1–3 Portadown
Ballymena United 2–1 Crusaders
Coleraine 5–2 Downpatrick Rec.
Distillery 0–2 Banbridge Town
Glenavon 4–1 Bangor
Larne 3–2 Glentoran
Linfield 3–4 Cliftonville
Omagh Town 2–6 RUC


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Coleraine 2–3 Cliftonville
Glenavon 3–2 Banbridge Town
Portadown 2–11 Ballymena United
RUC 0–1 Larne

1This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 0–0 draw.[2]


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 1–02 Larne
Portadown 2–1 Glenavon

2This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 2–2 draw.[2]


28 April 1979
Cliftonville 3 – 2 Portadown
Platt Goal 32'
Adair Goal 46'
Bell Goal 89'
Report Campbell Goal 2'
Alexander Goal 77'


  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Northern Ireland 1978/79". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012.