1987–88 Irish Cup

The 1987–88 Irish Cup was the 108th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 30 April 1988 with the final.

1987–88 Irish Cup
Country Northern Ireland
Teams16
ChampionsGlentoran (14th win)
Runners-upGlenavon
Matches played18
Goals scored50 (2.78 per match)

Glentoran were the defending champions after winning their 13th Irish Cup last season by beating Larne 1–0 in the 1987 final.[1] They successfully defended the cup to win it for the fourth year running by beating Glenavon 1–0 in the final. In doing so, they became the first club in history to win four consecutive Irish Cups. To date, the feat has not been achieved again.[2]

QualifyingEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Omagh Town 1–2 Brantwood


First preliminary roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Banbridge Town 2–1 Dungannon Swifts
Brantwood 2–0 Tobermore United
Chimney Corner 2–1 Ballyclare Comrades
Cookstown United 0–3 Dunmurry Recreation


Second preliminary roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Banbridge Town 4–2 Brantwood
Dunmurry Recreation 6–1 Chimney Corner


First roundEdit

The 14 top flight clubs entered in this round, along with the 2 lower league winners from the second preliminary round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 4–2 Bangor
Ballymena United 4–0 Dunmurry Recreation
Carrick Rangers 1–2 Glenavon
Cliftonville 0–1 Distillery
Larne 1–1 Linfield
Portadown 3–1 Banbridge Town
Glentoran 3–0 Coleraine
Newry Town 3–0 Crusaders

ReplayEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Linfield 1–0 Larne


Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 0–0 Distillery
Glenavon 2–1 Ards
Glentoran 5–0 Newry Town
Linfield 1–1 Portadown

ReplaysEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Distillery 0–3 Ballymena United
Portadown 2–0 Linfield

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Glenavon 2–0 Ballymena United
Glentoran 3–2 Portadown


FinalEdit

Glentoran1 – 0Glenavon
Cleary   Report


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland 1987/88". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012.