2002–03 Irish Cup

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2002–03 Irish Cup
Country Northern Ireland
ChampionsColeraine (5th win)
Matches played33
Goals scored102 (3.09 per match)

The 2002–03 Irish Cup was the 123rd edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 3 May 2003 with the final.

Linfield were the defending champions, winning their 36th Irish Cup last season after a 2–1 win over Portadown in the 2002 final. This season Linfield reached the quarter-finals, but went out to Omagh Town. Coleraine were the eventual winners, in what was their first appearance in the final in 17 years. The last time they had done so was in 1986, when they were defeated 2–1 by Glentoran. It was the same opposition but a different outcome this time. A 1–0 victory over the Glens, who were appearing in the final for the fifth time in eight years, was enough to seal Coleraine's first Irish Cup win in 26 years. The last time they had won the competition was in 1977.[1][2]

Fifth round[edit]

Larne received a bye into the sixth round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Armagh City 1–2 Ballyclare Comrades
Ballynure Old Boys 0–3 Limavady United
Carrick Rangers 2–6 Omagh Town
Crusaders 2–0 Lurgan Celtic
Dungannon Swifts 1–0 Institute
Glenavon 4–0 Loughgall
Glentoran 11–0 Oxford United Stars
Harland & Wolff Welders 2–1 Bangor
Killyleagh Youth 2–1 Banbridge Town
Linfield 1–0 Cliftonville
Lisburn Distillery 0–2 Coleraine
Moyola Park 1–2 Ards
Newry Town 1–1 Knockbreda Parish
Portadown 1–1 Ballymena United
Tobermore United 2–0 Brantwood


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Knockbreda Parish 2–1 Newry Town
Portadown 6–0 Ballymena United

Sixth round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 1–0 Killyleagh Youth
Ballyclare Comrades 0–3 Glentoran
Coleraine 2–0 Larne
Crusaders 1–1 Harland & Wolff Welders
Limavady United 0–3 Glenavon
Omagh Town 1–0 Dungannon Swifts
Portadown 2–0 Knockbreda Parish
Tobermore United 0–2 Linfield


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Crusaders 2–1 Harland & Wolff Welders


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 0–1 Glentoran
Coleraine 2–0 Crusaders
Omagh Town 1–0 Linfield
Portadown 5–0 Glenavon


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Coleraine 5–2 Omagh Town
Glentoran 6–1 Portadown


Coleraine1 – 0Glentoran
Tolan Goal 11' Report
Attendance: 9,000


  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland 2002/03". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 8 December 2012.