1988–89 Irish League Cup

The 1988–89 Irish League Cup (known as the Roadferry Freight League Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the third edition of Northern Ireland's secondary football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 30 November 1988 with the final.

1988–89 Irish League Cup
Roadferry Freight League Cup
Country Northern Ireland
ChampionsGlentoran (1st win)
Matches played31
Goals scored120 (3.87 per match)

Coleraine were the defending champions after defeating Portadown 1–0 in the previous final. The same two clubs met in the second round this season, with Portadown knocking out the holders. Glentoran were the eventual winners, becoming the third different winner of the competition in its first three seasons. They defeated arch-rivals Linfield 2–1 in the final.[1][2]

The final was notable for the Glentoran goalkeeper Alan Paterson, scoring what turned out to be the winning goal.[3]

First roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 2–0 Armagh City
Ballymena United II 1–2 Brantwood
Banbridge Town 1–3 Bangor
Chimney Corner 1–1 (3–4 p) Ards
Cliftonville 5–2 Ballyclare Comrades
Coleraine 4–3 Ballymoney United
Crusaders 1–0 Harland & Wolff Welders
Distillery 2–0 UUJ
Glenavon 1–0 RUC
Glentoran 5–0 Limavady United
Larne 0–2 Dundela
Linfield 3–0 UUC
Linfield Swifts 8–2 Tobermore United
Newry Town 3–3 (6–8 p) Dungannon Swifts
Omagh Town 3–3 (5–3 p) Carrick Rangers
Portadown 4–1 Queen's University

Second roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Bangor 4–3 Dungannon Swifts
Brantwood 0–2 Dundela
Cliftonville 1–0 Ballymena United
Coleraine 1–1 (1–3 p) Portadown
Crusaders 2–1 Distillery
Glenavon 5–2 (aet) Ards
Glentoran 6–0 Omagh Town
Linfield Swifts 1–4 Linfield


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Bangor 0–1 Glentoran
Cliftonville 0–3 Linfield
Glenavon 3–1 Crusaders
Portadown 1–0 (aet) Dundela


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Glentoran 3–2 Portadown
Linfield 3–1 Glenavon


Glentoran2 – 1Linfield
Report Mooney  


  1. ^ "Northern Ireland - List of League Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland 1988/89". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. rsssf.com. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Glentoran goal for Alan Paterson" – via www.youtube.com.