2018 FAI Cup
|Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup|
|Country||Republic of Ireland|
|Defending champions||Cork City|
|Goals scored||152 (3.8 per match)|
The 2018 FAI Senior Challenge Cup was the 98th edition of the oldest football competition in the Republic of Ireland. It was sponsored by Irish Daily Mail, and known as Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup for sponsorship purposes. It began with the Preliminary Round on 21 April 2018, and concluded with the final on 4 November 2018. The winner qualified for the 2019–20 Europa League first qualifying round.
The draw for the qualifying round was made on 4 April 2018. Tony Fitzgerald, President of the Football Association of Ireland, was joined by Dundalk goalkeeper and three-time FAI Cup winner Gary Rogers along with David Vaz, Circulation Manager for the Irish Daily Mail to perform the draw.
Twenty teams entered the Qualifying Round, with four teams (Home Farm, Cockhill Celtic, Newmarket Celtic and Blarney United) receiving a bye to the First Round. The remaining 16 teams played eight games, with the winners entering the First Round.
The Irish Daily Mail offered a cash prize for the non-league team who advanced the furthest in the competition.
|21 April 2018||Avondale United||0–2||Pike Rovers||Avondale Park|
|21 April 2018||Leeds AFC||3–1||St. Michael's||Leeds Park|
|21 April 2018||Maynooth University Town||2–2 (a.e.t.)|
|Everton||Maynooth University Campus|
|21 April 2018||Inchicore Athletic||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|Crumlin United||Pearse Park Astro|
|22 April 2018||Dublin Bus||4–2||Firhouse Clover||Coldcut|
|11:00||4' 34' Sasaki 31' Dunne 69'||70' 90'|
|22 April 2018||Kilnamanagh AFC||1–2||Skerries Town||Ned Kelly Park|
|22 April 2018||CIÉ Ranch||1–0||Letterkenny Rovers||CIÉ Works|
|22 April 2018||North End United||2–0||Cherry Orchard|
|14:00||65' Murphy (PEN) 86' Beary|
The draw for the qualifying round was made on 4 July 2018 at the Aviva Stadium with Damien Duff as special guest. Twelve non league sides entered the draw along with the 20 teams from the top two tiers of Irish football. Fixtures took place on the week ending 12 August 2018.
|10 August 2018||Drogheda United||1–0||Shamrock Rovers||United Park|
|19:45||Chris Lyons 23'||Report||Attendance: 1000(estimate)|
Referee: Paul McLaughlin
|10 August 2018||UCD||2–0||Pike Rovers||UCD Bowl|
||Report||Attendance: 150 (estimate)|
Referee: Alan Patchell
|10 August 2018||Shelbourne||4–0||Athlone Town||Tolka Park|
Referee: Adriano Reale
|10 August 2018||Inchicore Athletic||0–5||Saint Patrick's Athletic||Richmond Park|
Referee: Ben Connolly
|10 August 2018||Dundalk||3–0||Cobh Ramblers||Oriel Park|
||Report||Referee: Robert Rogers|
|10 August 2018||Bray Wanderers||1–3 (a.e.t.)||Finn Harps||Carlisle Grounds|
|19:45||Gerald Pender 15'||Report||
||Referee: Robert Harvey|
|10 August 2018||Wexford FC||0–7||Bohemians||Ferrycarrig Park|
||Referee: Graham Kelly|
|11 August 2018||Blarney United||2–12||Derry City||O'Shea Park|
||Referee: Anthony Buttimer|
|11 August 2018||Newmarket Celtic||1–2||Cabinteely||Frank Healy Park|
|18:00||Eoin Hayes 82'||Report||
||Referee: Robert Hennessy|
|11 August 2018||Skerries Town FC||1–4||Waterford||Skerries Rugby Club|
|17:00||Brian Snowe 53'||Report||
||Referee: David Dunne|
|11 August 2018||Sligo Rovers||0–1||Longford Town||Showgrounds|
|19:45||Report||Jamie Hollywood 65'||Referee: Neil Doyle|
|11 August 2018||Maynooth University Town||2–0||Leeds AFC||Maynooth University Astro|
||Report||Referee: Eddie Reilly|
|11 August 2018||North End United||0–4||Galway United||Ferrycarrig Park|
||Referee: Eoghan O'Shea|
|11 August 2018||Dublin Bus||0–1||CIÉ Ranch||Coldcut|
|15:00||Report||Dean O'Brien 90+3'||Referee: Johnny Glynn|
|12 August 2018||Home Farm||1–5||Cork City||Whitehall Stadium|
|13:00||Sean Goulding 35'||Report||
||Referee: Robert Rogers|
|12 August 2018||Cockhill Celtic||0–2||Limerick||Charlie O'Donnell Park|
||Referee: Michael Connolly|
The second round draw was held on 13 August 2018. It produced just one all-premier division tie. All fixtures were played on the weekend ending August 26th
|24 August 2018||CIÉ Ranch||2–6 (a.e.t.)||UCD||Greenogue|
Referee: Robert Rogers
|24 August 2018||Galway United||0–2||Bohemians||Eamonn Deacy Park|
Referee: Robert Hennessy
|24 August 2018||Derry City||1–0||Saint Patrick's Athletic||Brandywell Stadium|
Referee: Neil Doyle
|24 August 2018||Dundalk||2–0||Finn Harps||Oriel Park|
Referee: Paul McLaughlin
|24 August 2018||Cork City||4–0||Maynooth University Town||Turner's Cross|
Referee: Sean Grant
|24 August 2018||Drogheda United||0–1||Waterford||United Park|
Referee: Robert Harvey
|24 August 2018||Limerick||2–1||Cabinteely||Markets Field|
||Referee: Anthony Buttimer|
|25 August 2018||Longford Town||2–0||Shelbourne||City Calling Stadium|
||Report||Referee: John McLoughlin|
The draw for the Quarter-Finals took place on RTE’s Soccer Republic on Monday, 27 August 2018. All fixtures were set to be played on the week ending September 9, 2018. The game between Derry City FC and Bohemian FC was postponed until September 19 due to the fact that Derry City FC had 4 players called up to U-21 Squads. Longford Town FC v Cork City FC was televised live on RTE2. 
|7 September 2018||UCD||2–1||Waterford||UCD Bowl|
|19:45||Conor Davis 20'
Timmy Molloy 27'
Evan Osam 67'
|Report||Stanley Aborah 78' (pen)
David Webster 90+2'
|Referee: John McLoughlin|
|7 September 2018||Limerick||0–4||Dundalk||Markets Field|
|19:45||Karl O'Sullivan 20'
Barry Maguire 59'
Cian Coleman 70'
|Report||Patrick Hoban 5', 21'
John Mountney 36'
Georgie Kelly 71'
|Referee: Derek Tomney|
|7 September 2018||Longford Town||0–7||Cork City||City Calling Stadium|
|19:30||Darren Meenan 39'||Report||Gearoid Morrissey 20'
Kieran Sadlier 23', 64', 88'
Ronan Coughlan 53'
Josh O'Hanlon 75'
Barry McNamee 89'
|Referee: Raymond Matthews|
|19 September 2018||Derry City||1–3||Bohemians||Brandywell Stadium|
|19:45||Kevin McHattie 36'
Ronan Hale 42'
Dean Shiels 61'
Alistair Roy 62'
Rory Hale 79'
Nicky Low 90'
|Report||Dan Casey 42'
Daniel Corcoran 59', 90'
Derek Pender 66'
Kevin Devaney 90'
|Referee: Robert Harvey|
The draw for the Semifinals took place on RTE’s Soccer Republic on Monday, 10 September 2018. Both games were played the weekend ending September 30 and were televised live on RTE2.  The subsequent replay between Cork City and Bohemians was also shown live on RTE Television.
|28 September 2018||Dundalk||1–0||UCD||Oriel Park|
|19:45||Patrick McEleney 41'||Report||Attendance: 2,926|
Referee: Robert Hennessey (Limerick)
|30 September 2018||Bohemians||1–1||Cork City||Dalymount Park|
|17:45||Daniel Corcoran 68'||Report||Kieran Sadlier 87' (pen)||Attendance: 3,207|
Referee: Rob Rogers
|8 October 2018 Replay||Cork City||2–1||Bohemians||Turners Cross|
|19:30||Graham Cummins 30'
Karl Sheppard 36'
|Report||Ian Morris 59'||Attendance: 2,347|
Referee: Neil Doyle
|Kieran Sadlier 21' (pen)||Report||Seán Hoare 19'
Patrick McEleney 73'
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- "McEleney the hero as Dundalk complete the double". RTE Sport. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
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- "IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SECOND ROUND FIXTURE SCHEDULE". SSE Airtricity League. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
- "Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Fixture Confirmation". Derry City FC. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- "LONGFORD TOWN V CORK CITY SET TO BE TELEVISED ON RTE2". SSE Airtricity League. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
- "RTE to broadcast FAI Cup semi-finals". RTE. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
- 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division
- 2018 League of Ireland First Division
- 2018 League of Ireland Cup