1978–79 Irish Cup

The 1978–79 Irish Cup was the 99th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition.

1978–79 Irish Cup
Country Northern Ireland
Teams16
ChampionsCliftonville (8th win)
Runners-upPortadown
Matches played17
Goals scored68 (4 per match)

The defending champions were Linfield, who defeated Ballymena United 3–1 in the 1977–78 final.[1] However, they were knocked out by eventual winners Cliftonville in the first round. Cliftonville went on to win the cup for the 8th time, defeating Portadown 3–2 in the final. The 1979 victory represented their first cup success in 70 years; this remains a record for the longest gap between Irish Cup wins.[2] To date, this is Cliftonville's last Irish Cup success, though they have reached the final five times since this win; in 1997, 1999, 2009, 2013 and 2018. They lost the 1997, 2009, 2013 and 2018 finals, and were disqualified before the final was played in 1999 when it was discovered that they had fielded an ineligible player in the earlier rounds.

First roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 1–3 Portadown
Ballymena United 2–1 Crusaders
Coleraine 5–2 Downpatrick Rec.
Distillery 0–2 Banbridge Town
Glenavon 4–1 Bangor
Larne 3–2 Glentoran
Linfield 3–4 Cliftonville
Omagh Town 2–6 RUC

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Coleraine 2–3 Cliftonville
Glenavon 3–2 Banbridge Town
Portadown 2–11 Ballymena United
RUC 0–1 Larne

1This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 0–0 draw.[2]

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cliftonville 1–02 Larne
Portadown 2–1 Glenavon

2This tie required a replay, after the first game ended as a 2–2 draw.[2]

FinalEdit

Cliftonville3 – 2Portadown
Platt   32'
Adair   46'
Bell   89'
Report Campbell   2'
Alexander   77'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Northern Ireland 1978/79". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012.