2019 League of Ireland Cup Final

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2019 League of Ireland Cup Final
Event2019 League of Ireland Cup
After extra time
Dundalk won 6–5 on penalties
Date14 September 2019
VenueRyan McBride Brandywell Stadium, Derry
RefereeRobert Hennessy (Dublin)
Attendance3,000 (est)

The 2019 League of Ireland Cup Final was the final match of the 2019 League of Ireland Cup, called the EA Sports Cup for sponsorship purposes, a knock-out association football competition contested annually by clubs affiliated with the League of Ireland. It took place on 14 September 2019 at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry, and was contested by Dundalk and Derry City. Dundalk won 6–5 in a penalty shoot-out, following a 2–2 draw after extra-time.


The League Cup was the first trophy of the 2019 League of Ireland season. The two sides had met three times in the League already, with two draws and one win for Dundalk, while Dundalk had won a second round FAI Cup tie 3–2 after extra-time.[1] They had last won the cup in 2017, and had reached the final by defeating St Patrick's Atletic (2–1), UCD (3–1) and Bohemians (6–1).[2]

Derry City were the League Cup holders, and had reached the final by defeating Longford Town (3–0), Finn Harps (2–1), and Waterford (4–2).[3]

The final was broadcast live on Eir Sport. Dundalk wore their third kit for the match, which had been introduced that season as part of a fundraising partnership between the club and Temple Street Children's University Hospital. The logo of the charity replaced that of official sponsor Fyffes on the chest of the shirt.[4]



Dundalk were the pre-match favourites, however the closeness of the previous matches between the sides was notable. Derry City took a third minute lead through David Parkhouse, following an error by Dundalk goalkeeper Aaron McCarey. Michael Duffy equalised for Dundalk in the 38th minute with a curling strike from outside the penalty area. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe gave Derry City the lead again six minutes after half-time, when his deflected shot wrong-footed McCarey. Subsequently two quick yellow cards for Grant Gillespie saw Derry City reduced to 10 men, and Dundalk equalised in the 69th minute through Sean Gannon. Dundalk couldn't capitalise on their numerical advantage in the remaining time, or in extra-time, which sent the final to a penalty shoot-out. Following one missed penalty each, the shoot-out moved to sudden-death with Dundalk prevailing.[5][6]


Derry City2-2 (a.e.t.)Dundalk
David Parkhouse Goal 3'
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Goal 51'
Grant Gillespie Red card 57'
Report Michael Duffy Goal 38'
Sean Gannon Goal 69'
Jamie McDonagh Penalty scored
Barry McNamee Penalty scored
Jack Malone Penalty missed
Michael McCrudden Penalty scored
Ciaron HarkinPenalty scored
Eoin Toal Penalty scored
Ally Gilchrist Penalty missed
5-6 Patrick Hoban Penalty scored
Michael Duffy Penalty scored
Daniel Cleary Penalty scored
Dean Jarvis Penalty scored
Robbie BensonPenalty missed
Sean Hoare Penalty scored
Chris Shields Penalty scored
Attendance: 3,000 (est)[7]
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Dublin)
Derry City
GK 1 Scotland Peter Cherrie
DF 3 Republic of Ireland Ciaran Coll
DF 23 Scotland Ally Gilchrist
DF 15 Northern Ireland Eoin Toal
MF 8 Argentina Gerardo Bruna Substituted off 46'
MF 24 Scotland Grant Gillespie
MF 4 Northern Ireland Ciaron Harkin
MF 7 Northern Ireland Jamie McDonagh
MF 25 Republic of Ireland Barry McNamee (c)
FW 11 England Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Substituted off 100'
CF 9 Northern Ireland David Parkhouse Substituted off 78'
MF 22 Northern Ireland Darren McCauley Substituted in 46' Substituted off 118'
MF 29 Republic of Ireland Jack Malone Substituted in 78'
FW 10 Northern Ireland Michael McCrudden Substituted in 100'
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Adrian Delap Substituted in 118'
Northern Ireland Declan Devine
GK 20 Republic of Ireland Aaron McCarey
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Seán Gannon
CB 21 Republic of Ireland Daniel Cleary
CB 4 Republic of Ireland Seán Hoare
LB 14 Republic of Ireland Dane Massey
RM 27 Republic of Ireland Daniel Kelly Substituted off 67'
CM 5 Republic of Ireland Chris Shields
CM 11 Republic of Ireland Patrick McEleney Substituted off 102'
LM 7 Northern Ireland Michael Duffy
CAM 10 Republic of Ireland Jamie McGrath Substituted off 87'
CF 9 Republic of Ireland Patrick Hoban (c)
MF 29 Republic of Ireland Robbie Benson Substituted in 67'
FW 10 Republic of Ireland Georgie Kelly Substituted in 87'
DF 22 Northern Ireland Dean Jarvis Substituted in 102'
Republic of Ireland Vinny Perth


  1. ^ "FIXTURES FOR 2019 LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Dundalk 2019". Extratime. 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "DERRY CITY 2019". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  4. ^ McLaughlin, Gavin (28 March 2019). "DFC – Dundalk FC unveil new purple third kit which will raise funds for Temple Street Children's…". Dundalk Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Derry City 2-2 Dundalk (5-6 on penalties): Lilywhites win on penalties to clinch EA Sports Cup". RTE Sport. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ "EA Sports Cup final: Dundalk beat 10-man Derry on penalties". BBC Sport. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  7. ^ Newberry, Niall (15 September 2019). "EA Sports Cup Final Report". www.extratime.ie. Retrieved 1 November 2019.

External links[edit]

Match highlights from Eir Sport, via You Tube