2016 FAI Cup

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2016 FAI Cup
FAI Irish Daily Mail Cup
Country Republic of Ireland
ChampionsCork City (3rd title)

The 2016 FAI Senior Challenge Cup, also known as the 2016 FAI Irish Daily Mail Senior Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 96th 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 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.

A total of 40 teams competed in the 2016 competition, which commenced in April 2016. The teams entered from the 2016 League of Ireland Premier Division and First Division received byes into the Second Round stage. Four non-league teams 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 2015–16 FAI Intermediate Cup, and the Semi-Finalists of the 2015–16 FAI Junior Cup.

Cork City won the cup with a late extra-time goal for a 1-0 win against Dundalk in the final on 6 November.[1]


Round Clubs
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 was made on 14 March 2016 at Abbotstown. 20 Non-League teams were included in the draw. [2]

First Round Replays[edit]

Second round[edit]

The draw for the Second Round was made on 26 April 2016 at the Aviva Stadium. The 20 League of Ireland clubs were entered into this round.[3]

Second Round Replays[edit]

Third round[edit]

The draw for the Third Round was made on 29 July 2016 in Clonmel.[4]

Quarter finals[edit]

The draw for the Quarter Finals was made on 24 August 2016.[5][6] RTÉ 2 HD televised the Shamrock Rovers v Cork City game.[7]

Semi finals[edit]

The draw for the Semi Finals was made on 13 September 2016 on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1.[8][9] RTÉ 2 HD televised both games.[10]

Semi Final Replays[edit]



  1. ^ "Late, late Maguire strike seals Cork cup win". RTE Sport. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup First Round Draw". FAI.ie. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Second Round Draw". FAI.ie. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. ^ "2016 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Third Round Draw". FAI.ie. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Shamrock Rovers and Cork City the pick of the bunch in FAI Cup Quarter-Final Draw". Irish Independent.ie. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Quarter Final Draw". FAI.ie. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ "RTE to show Shamrock Rovers' games with St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City". RTE.ie. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Semi Final Draw". FAI.ie. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  9. ^ "FAI Cup holders Dundalk drawn against Derry City in Semi Final". Irish Independent.ie. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Details for FAI Cup Semi Finals Confirmed". RTE.ie. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  11. ^ http://refereesfifa.blogspot.fr/2016/11/ireland-2016-fai-cup-final.html