2018 FAI Cup

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2018 FAI Cup
Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup
Country Republic of Ireland
Defending championsCork City
ChampionsDundalk
Runners-upCork City
Matches played40
Goals scored152 (3.8 per match)
2017
2019

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.

Cork City were the defending champions but lost in the final 2-1 to Dundalk.[1][2]

Preliminary Round[edit]

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.[3]

[4] [5] [6]

First Round[edit]

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.[7] Fixtures took place on the week ending 12 August 2018.

Second Round[edit]

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[8]

Quarterfinals[edit]

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.[9] Longford Town FC v Cork City FC was televised live on RTE2. [10]

Semifinals[edit]

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. [11] The subsequent replay between Cork City and Bohemians was also shown live on RTE Television.

Final[edit]

Cork City1–2Dundalk
Kieran Sadlier Goal 21' (pen) Report Seán Hoare Goal 19'
Patrick McEleney Goal 73'
Attendance: 30,412
Referee: Neil Doyle

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stadium, Brendan Crossan at the Aviva. "Former Dundalk striker Sean Maguire fires Cork City to FAI Cup final win". The Irish News. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  2. ^ "McEleney the hero as Dundalk complete the double". RTE Sport. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "SSE Airtricity League". www.sseairtricityleague.ie. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  4. ^ http://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/irish-daily-mail-fai-cup-qualifying-draw-made
  5. ^ http://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/match-details-confirmed-for-qualifying-round
  6. ^ http://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/irish-daily-mail-fai-cup-qualifying-round-results
  7. ^ https://www.buzz.ie/football/fai-cup-draw-290972
  8. ^ "IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SECOND ROUND FIXTURE SCHEDULE". SSE Airtricity League. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Fixture Confirmation". Derry City FC. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ "LONGFORD TOWN V CORK CITY SET TO BE TELEVISED ON RTE2". SSE Airtricity League. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ "RTE to broadcast FAI Cup semi-finals". RTE. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.

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