1989 League of Ireland Cup Final

The 1989 League of Ireland Cup Final was the final match of the 1989–90 League of Ireland Cup, known as the Opel League Cup for sponsorship purposes, a knock-out association football competition contested annually by clubs affiliated with the League of Ireland. It took place on 9 November 1989 at Oriel Park in Dundalk, and was contested by Dundalk and Derry City. Dundalk won 4–1 in a penalty shoot-out, following a 1–1 draw after extra-time.

1989 League of Ireland Cup Final
1989 League of Ireland Cup Final Official Programme.jpg
Event1989–90 League of Ireland Cup
After extra time
Dundalk won 4–1 on penalties
Date9 November 1989
VenueOriel Park, Dundalk
RefereeG. Kelly
← 1988
1990 →

BackgroundEdit

The League Cup was the first trophy of the 1989–90 League of Ireland season. The two sides' only previous meeting that season had been a 1–1 draw in the League of Ireland Premier Division.[1] The match was the third time the two sides had met in cup finals in 18 months - Dundalk having defeated Derry in the 1988 FAI Cup Final and Derry having defeated Dundalk in the previous season's League Cup Final.[2] The latter match was the first part of Derry's domestic Treble of League, FAI Cup and League Cup, which they had won the season before – the only team to have done so.[3]

Dundalk had last won the League Cup three seasons earlier in 1986–87.[4] They had won their group in the group-stage, then defeated Athlone Town (3–2), and St Patrick's Athletic (3–1) to reach the 1989 final.[5]

MatchEdit

SummaryEdit

Dundalk started strongly, and were awarded a 10th-minute penalty. But Joey Malone's spot-kick was saved by Derry goalkeeper, Tim Dalton. Minutes later Derry's Paul Doolin was shown a straight red card by referee John Spillane, after a clash with Dundalk's James Coll. Spillane had also made a number of controversial decisions in Dundalk's defeat of Derry in the 1988 FAI Cup Final. Despite being a man down, Derry took a 36th-minute lead through Felix Healy. Dundalk equalised a minute before half-time when Paul Newe fired a loose ball from a corner to the net. The sides couldn't be separated in the second half or in extra-time, with Derry defending resolutely. But in the resulting penalty shoot-out Derry missed two spot-kicks, while Dundalk scored four to take the victory and the League Cup for the fourth time.[6][7]

DetailsEdit

Dundalk1–1[8] (a.e.t.)Derry City
Paul Newe   44' Report Felix Healy   36'
Penalties
Martin Murray  
Tony Cousins  
Mick Shelley  
Tom McNulty  
4–1 Jonathan Speak  
Felix Healy 
Alex Krstic 
Referee: John Spillane (Cork)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dundalk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derry City
GK   Alan O'Neill
DF   James Coll
DF   Joey Malone (c)   69'
DF   Gino Lawless
DF   Martin Lawlor
CM   Martin Murray
CM   Larry Wyse
CM   Mick Shelley
CM   Tom McNulty
CF   Tony Cousins
CF   Paul Newe
Substitutes:
DF   John Cleary   69'
Manager:
  Turlough O'Connor
GK   Tim Dalton
DF   Pascal Vaudequin
DF   Paul Curran
DF   Mick Neville
DF   Kevin Brady
RM   Paul Carlyle
CM   Felix Healy (c)
CM   Paul Doolin
LM   John Coady
CF   Aleksandar Krstić
CF   Jonathan Speak
Substitutes: N/A
Manager:
  Jim McLaughlin

ReferencesEdit

Bibliography
  • Murphy, Jim (2003). The History of Dundalk F.C.: The First 100 Years. Dundalgan Press. ASIN B0042SO3R2.
  • Wilson, David (2007). Derry City FC: City Till I Die. Zero Seven Media. ISSN 1753-8904.
Citations
  1. ^ Murphy, Jim (2003). The History of Dundalk F.C.: The First 100 Years. Dundalgan Press. p. 473. ASIN B0042SO3R2.
  2. ^ Wilson, David (2007). Derry City FC: City Till I Die. Zero Seven Media. ISSN 1753-8904.
  3. ^ Collins, Simon (7 February 2019). "Treble winner Liam Coyle reflects on Jim McLaughlin's Derry City legacy". News Letter.
  4. ^ "Dundalk Win League Cup". Cork Examiner. 2 January 1987. Retrieved 23 April 2019 – via Irish Newspaper Archives.
  5. ^ Murphy, Jim (2003). The History of Dundalk F.C.: The First 100 Years. Dundalgan Press. p. 348. ASIN B0042SO3R2.
  6. ^ Stuart, Charlie (10 November 1989). "Derry Crash In Shoot-Out!". Irish Press. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  7. ^ Murphy, Jim (2003). The History of Dundalk F.C.: The First 100 Years. Dundalgan Press. p. 349. ASIN B0042SO3R2.
  8. ^ "Ireland League Cup (1973-2006)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 21 October 2019.