1985–86 Irish Cup

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1985–86 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 30
Champions Glentoran (12th win)
Runners-up Coleraine
Matches played 34
Goals scored 95 (2.79 per match)

The 1985–86 Irish Cup was the 106th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 3 May 1986 with the final.

Glentoran were the defending champions after winning their 11th Irish Cup last season, defeating archrivals Linfield 1–0 in the 1985 final replay, after the first game ended 1–1.[1] They successfully defended the cup by beating Coleraine 2–1 in the final. In doing so, they became the first club in 18 years to win the trophy in consecutive seasons. Crusaders were the last club to achieve it, winning the 1967 and 1968 finals.[2]

This season also saw second replays abolished in rounds, though they would still be used to decide the final if necessary. The first tie to be affected by the change was the first round tie between Dungannon Swifts and Tobermore United. Dungannon Swifts won the tie 6–5 on penalties when the replay ended 0–0 after extra time. The old rules would have required a second replay to be played at a neutral venue after the first replay was drawn.

First round[edit]

Cliftonville and Crusaders both received byes into the second round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 1–1 Newry Town
Banbridge Town 2–1 Shorts
Bangor 0–0 Larne
Carrick Rangers 4–2 Sirocco Works
Dundela 2–0 Armoy United
Dunmurry Recreation 0–2 Brantwood
Glenavon 1–2 Portadown
Glentoran 3–1 Distillery
Institute 1–5 Ballymena United
Limavady United 2–0 Cookstown United
Linfield 0–2 Coleraine
Oxford United Stars 1–3 Ballyclare Comrades
POSC 0–3 Chimney Corner
Tobermore United 1–1 Dungannon Swifts


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Dungannon Swifts 0–0 (aet)
(6–5 p)
Tobermore United
Larne 3–1 Bangor
Newry Town 0–2 Ards

Second round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 4–1 Crusaders
Ballyclare Comrades 1–1 Glentoran
Brantwood 5–0 Banbridge Town
Carrick Rangers 0–0 Dundela
Dungannon Swifts 0–2 Chimney Corner
Coleraine 2–1 Ballymena United
Portadown 3–1 Larne
Limavady United 1–2 Cliftonville


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Dundela 2–3 Carrick Rangers
Glentoran 3–1 Ballyclare Comrades


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Brantwood 1–0 Portadown
Carrick Rangers 0–1 Ards
Chimney Corner 0–4 Coleraine
Glentoran 1–0 Cliftonville


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Brantwood 0–3 Glentoran
Coleraine 2–0 Ards



  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland 1985/86". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012.