Munster Senior Cup (association football)
The Munster Senior Cup is a provincial soccer tournament played among senior soccer clubs from Munster in Ireland. The competition is run by the Munster Football Association, which is affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland.
The competition, which started in 1901, was dominated by British army teams until 1922. Such was the dominance of the Armed forces teams that the competition was not held from 1915-1922 marking a time when British forces were involved in World War I and the Irish War of Independence. With the withdrawal of British forces from the Irish Free State (later to be the Republic of Ireland) civilian teams began to emerge.
Since 1922 senior clubs that play or played in the League of Ireland have dominated the winners' list. In particular teams from Cork have left a mark on the competition, winning 60 of the 81 finals since 1922.
In recent times Cork City emerged as the dominant force, winning the competition 16 times since being founded in 1984. The current champions are Premier Division outfit Limerick F.C. who defeated Avondale United in the 2015 decider 1-0. But Limerick's semi-final was the game to remember after drawing with Munster Derby rivals 3-3 after extra-time and then winning 8-7 in a penalty shootout against a full-strengthened and favored Cork City team.
List of Cup Winners
While the competition did run in 1906-07, 1939–40, and 1957–58 no finals were played.
Summary of Cup Winners
- 16 - Cork City
- 15 - Waterford United
- 13 - Limerick
- 8 - Cork Hibernians
- 8 - Cork
- 6 - Cork Bohemians
- 6 - Cork Celtic
- 5 - Cobh Ramblers
- 4 - Albert Rovers
- 3 - Cork United (1940)
- 3 - Cork Athletic
- 2 - Rifle Brigade, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
- 1 - 3rd Dragoon Guards, 6th Prov. Battalion, Carrick United, Cork Celtic [I], Douglas Hall, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Manchester Regiment, 1st North Staffordshire Regiment, Royal Engineers, Royal Field Artillery, St. Kevin's, Southern Rovers, Waterford Crystal