Connacht Senior Cup (association football)

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Connacht Senior Cup
Organising body Connacht Football Association
Founded 1981
Region Connacht Connacht
Most successful club(s) Mervue United (6)

Connacht Senior Cup is an association football cup competition organized by the Connacht Football Association. This cup competition should not be confused with the more regularly played Connacht Junior Cup which has effectively been the top level competition for non-League of Ireland clubs when the Senior Cup has been inactive.

History[edit]

Connacht Senior League[edit]

Between 1981–82 and 1999–2000, when the Connacht Senior League, was active the Connacht Senior Cup featured the members of the CSL and the champions of four junior leagues based in the province – the Galway & District League, the Sligo-Leitrim League, the Mayo Association Football League and the Roscommon & District League. Junior sides did well and featured in the first ten finals, winning four of them. In later seasons there were two more junior winners but all-Connacht Senior League finals became more common. The competition ended when the Senior league ended in 2000. During this era teams from the CSL also played in a separate league cup competition known as the Connacht Senior League Challenge Cup. [1][2][3][4][5]

Revival[edit]

In 2007 a second Connacht Senior Cup was launched. This featured the top two teams from the Galway & District League, the Sligo-Leitrim League, the Mayo Association Football League and the Roscommon & District League plus the Connacht teams that played in the League of Ireland.

List of finals[edit]

Season Winner Score Runners-up
2009–10 Salthill Devon 7–0 Ballina Town
2008–09 Westport United[6] 2–1 Athenry
2007–08 Galway United [7] 2–0 Mervue United
1999–00 Mervue United [8] 4–2 St Peters (Athlone)
1998–99 NUI Galway 7–1 Mervue United
1997–98 Mervue United[8] 1–0 Straide & Foxford United
1996–97 Renmore [9] 1–0 Salthill Devon
1995–96 Galway United Reserves [7] 2–1 UCG
1994–95 Mervue United[8] 2–0 Galway Hibernians
1993–94 West United 2–1 Straide & Foxford United
1992–93 Mervue United[8] 2–1 Ballina Town
1991–92 Salthill Devon 1–0 UCG
1990–91 Salthill Devon 1–0 [10] Westport United
1989–90 Salthill Devon 1–1 [note 1] Calry Bohemians
1988–89 Calry Bohemians 5–0 [note 2] Mervue United
1987–88 Calry Bohemians 3–0 [note 3] Mervue United
1986–87 Galway Hibernians 3–1 Mervue United
1985–86 Dynamo Blues 2–1 UCG
1984–85 Galway United Reserves [7] 1–0 Castlebar Celtic
1983–84 Mervue United[8] 2–1 Collegians
1982–83 Mervue United[8] 1–0 Collegians
1981–82 Sligo Rovers Reserves 3–2 Galway Hibernians

Source:[2][3][4][5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Salthill Devon won after 3–3 draw and penalties
  2. ^ Replay after 1–1 draw
  3. ^ Replay after 1–1 draw

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connacht Senior League 1980s". www.connacht-sl.netne.net. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Connacht Sentinel @ Irish Newspaper Archives
  3. ^ a b Galway City Tribune @ Irish Newspaper Archives
  4. ^ a b The Connaught Telegraph @ Irish Newspaper Archives
  5. ^ a b Galway Advertiser Archives
  6. ^ "Westport claim Connacht Senior Cup after extra time". www.advertiser.ie. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Galway United Club History". galwayunitedfc.ie. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Mervue United Club Role of Honour". www.mervueunited.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Renmore AFC Honours". www.renmoreafc.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Westport Utd F.C., History 1980 - 2001". www.mayo-ireland.ie. Retrieved 30 April 2016.