2015 FAI Cup

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2015 FAI Cup
FAI Irish Daily Mail Cup
Country Republic of Ireland
Teams40
ChampionsDundalk
Runners-upCork City
Matches played39, plus replays
2014
2016

The 2015 FAI Senior Challenge Cup, also known as the 2015 FAI Irish Daily Mail Senior Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 95th season of the national football competition of the Republic of Ireland. The winners of the competition earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

A total of 40 teams competed in the 2015 competition, which commenced in March 2015. The teams entered from the 2015 League of Ireland Premier Division and First Division received byes into the second round stage. Four non-league clubs also received byes to the second round. The remaining 12 teams entered at the first round stage. These non-league teams are composed of the sixteen clubs, which reached the fourth round of the 2014–15 FAI Intermediate Cup, and the semi-finalists of the FAI Junior Cup in 2014-15.[1]

Dundalk won the cup after a 1-0 win against Cork City in the final on 8 November.[2]

Teams[edit]

Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
First Round 40 16 N/A 16 Leinster Senior League
Munster Senior League
Ulster Senior League
Second Round 32 32 8 24 League of Ireland
Third Round 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-Finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

First round[edit]

The draw for the First Round of the FAI Cup was made on 7 April 2015 at Abbotstown by FAI President Tony Fitzgerald and Brendan Clarke. 20 intermediate and junior clubs were present in the draw. [3]

Second round[edit]

The draw for the Second Round of the FAI Cup was made on 6 May 2015 at the Aviva Stadium by Paul McGrath and FAI President Tony Fitzgerald and contained 32 teams, with the 20 League of Ireland teams entering the competition. Ties played on the weekend ending 31 May 2015.[4][5]

Third round[edit]

The draw for the third round took place in Sligo on July 17 and was made by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and FAI president Tony Fitzgerald. Fixtures were played on the weekend of August 23.[6]

Quarter Final[edit]

The draw for the Quarter Finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup were made on August 23 with Irish under 21 manager Noel King and FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin overseeing proceedings.[7][8] Ties were played on Friday September 11. The draw featured 6 League of Ireland Premier Division teams and 2 non-league sides.

Semi finals[edit]

The draw was made by former Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey, who was a member of the St Patrick’s Athletic team that won the trophy in 2014, and Fran Gavin, Director of Competitions at the Football Association of Ireland. The draw was broadcast live on RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland programme and also on RTE News Now. On Friday, October 2 Dundalk defeated Longford Town 2 - 0.[9] Cork City defeated Bray Wanderers 1-0 on Sunday, October 4. The match was broadcast live on RTÉ2.[10]

Final[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plenty of surprises in FAI Ford cup second round". FAI.ie. 7 June 2014. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Cork City 0-1 Dundalk". RTE Sport. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. ^ "2015 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup first round draw". FAI.ie. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ "St Patrick's Athletic draw s in FAI Cup second round". RTE Sport. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup second round draw". FAI.ie. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup third round draw made". FAI.ie. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Quarter final draw made". FAI.ie. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Cork and Dundalk avoid each other in FAI Cup quarter final draw". The 42. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Dundalk double dream alive after Longford win". RTÉ News.
  10. ^ "Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup S-F Draw". FAI.ie. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.

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