2015–16 Irish Cup

The 2015–16 Irish Cup (known as the Tennent's Irish Cup for sponsorship purposes) was the 136th edition of the premier knock-out cup competition in Northern Irish football since its introduction in 1881. The competition began on 18 August 2015 with the first round and concluded with the final at Windsor Park on 7 May 2016. The cup was sponsored by Tennent's Lager, the competition's first title sponsor since 2012.[1]

2015–16 Irish Cup
Country Northern Ireland
Teams129
ChampionsGlenavon
Runners-upLinfield
Matches played127
Goals scored553 (4.35 per match)

Glentoran were the defending champions, after they lifted the cup for the second time in three seasons and for the 22nd time overall by defeating Portadown 1–0 in the 2015 final.[2] Their defence of the Cup ended in the sixth round after falling to a 4–1 home defeat against 2013–14 winners, Glenavon.

Glenavon who were the eventual winners after beating Linfield 2-0 in the final, qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Format and ScheduleEdit

129 clubs entered this season's competition, an increase of four clubs compared with the 2014–15 total of 125 clubs. 82 regional league clubs from tiers 4–7 in the Northern Ireland football league system entered the competition in the first round, with a further seven clubs receiving byes to proceed directly into the second round as necessitated by the number of participants. These clubs contested the first three rounds, with the 12 surviving clubs joining the 28 NIFL Championship clubs in the fourth round. The 12 NIFL Premiership clubs enter the competition in the fifth round, along with the 20 winners from the fourth round matches. All ties level after 90 minutes used extra time to determine the winner, with a penalty shoot-out to follow if necessary.

ResultsEdit

Note: The league tier of each club at the time of entering the competition is listed in parentheses.

First RoundEdit

The draw for the first round was made on 22 July 2015 with the matches played between 18 and 22 August 2015.

Seven clubs received byes into the second round, namely: Downpatrick (4), Dunmurry Recreation (5), Groomsport (7), Larne Tech Old Boys (5), Oxford United Stars (4), Rathfriland Rangers (5) and Seagoe (5).[3]

Note: All entrants at this stage were at regional level (tiers 4–7).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
18 August 2015
Newcastle (6) 3–2 Ballynahinch Olympic (6)
20 August 2015
Drumaness Mills (4) 1–4 Dunloy (4)
21 August 2015
Ballynure Old Boys (4) 1–2 Sirocco Works (6)
22 August 2015
Abbey Villa (5) 4–1 UUJ (6)
Ardstraw (4) 1–5 Newry City (4)
Ballynahinch United (6) 2–4 Valley Rangers (4)
Ballywalter Recreation (6) 4–2 Iveagh United (7)
Bloomfield (6) 1–4 Desertmartin (4)
Chimney Corner (4) 3–3 (aet)
(3–4 p)
Downshire Young Men (7)
Comber Recreation (5) 3–0 Windmill Stars (5)
Craigavon City (5) 3–4 Lower Maze (4)
Crumlin Star (4) 3–0 Shorts (7)
Crumlin United (4) 3–2 Nortel (4)
Derriaghy Cricket Club (4) 4–1 Orangefield Old Boys (5)
Donard Hospital (6) 2–4 Shankill United (4)
Dromara Village (5) 2–1 Colin Valley (6)
Dromore Amateurs (7) 0–3 Lisburn Rangers (5)
Dundonald (5) 3–2 Broomhill (4)
Dungiven Celtic (4) 1–5 Newtowne (4)
Dunmurry Young Men (7) 8–1 Laurelvale (5)
East Belfast (5) 1–2 Ards Rangers (4)
Fivemiletown United (4) 2–3 St Mary's (4)
Grove United (6) 0–1 Malachians (4)
Hanover (4) 5–1 Ballymoney United (4)
Immaculata (4) 2–1 1st Bangor Old Boys (5)
Killyleagh Youth (5) 3–2 Bryansburn Rangers (7)
Lurgan Town (5) 0–1 Wellington Recreation (6)
Magherafelt Sky Blues (4) 1–2 Brantwood (4)
Moneyslane (5) 2–1 Barn United (5)
Mossley (7) 1–3 18th Newtownabbey Old Boys (7)
Newbuildings United (4) 2–3 Crewe United (4)
Oxford Sunnyside (5) 2–7 Rosario YC (6)
Portaferry Rovers (6) 0–3 Banbridge Rangers (4)
Rathcoole (4) 3–2 Ballymacash Rangers (4)
Rathfern Rangers (6) 4–2 Richhill (5)
Saintfield United (7) 1–2 Ardglass (4)
Seapatrick (4) 1–0 Killymoon Rangers (4)
St Patrick's Young Men (5) 2–1 Markethill Swifts (5)
Strabane Athletic (4) 11–0 Kilmore Recreation (4)
Tandragee Rovers (4) 1–0 Albert Foundry (4)
Trojans (4) 2–1 Islandmagee (4)

Source: irishfa.com

Second RoundEdit

48 clubs competed in the second round; the 41 winners from the first round matches, along with the seven clubs that received byes. The draw took place on 25 August 2015, with the matches played on 3 October 2015.[3]

Note: All entrants at this stage were at regional level (tiers 4–7).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
18th Newtownabbey Old Boys (7) 1–3 Abbey Villa (5)
Ardglass (4) 3–1 Killyleagh Youth (5)
Ards Rangers (4) 4–1 Strabane Athletic (4)
Ballywalter Recreation (6) 0–4 Tandragee Rovers (4)
Banbridge Rangers (4) 2–0 Seapatrick (4)
Brantwood (4) 2–3 Sirocco Works (6)
Crumlin Star (4) 2–1 Newry City (4)
Crumlin United (4) 9–1 Seagoe (5)
Derriaghy Cricket Club (4) 1–6 Trojans (4)
Desertmartin (4) 1–2 Lisburn Rangers (5)
Downshire Young Men (7) 4–2 Moneyslane (5)
Dromara Village (5) 2–1 Newcastle (6)
Dunloy (4) 2–10 Dundonald (5)
Dunmurry Recreation (5) 5–3 Hanover (4)
Groomsport (7) 1–4 Newtowne (4)
Immaculata (4) 10–0 Dunmurry Young Men (7)
Larne Tech Old Boys (5) 2–2 (aet)
(4–5 p)
Oxford United Stars (4)
Malachians (4) 0–1 Comber Recreation (5)
Rathcoole (4) 1–2 Lower Maze (4)
Rathfriland Rangers (5) 1–0 Crewe United (4)
St Mary's (4) 3–1 Downpatrick (4)
St Patrick's Young Men (5) 4–1 Shankill United (4)
Valley Rangers (4) 3–1 Rathfern Rangers (6)
Wellington Recreation (6) 2–1 Rosario YC (6)

Source: irishfa.com

Third RoundEdit

The 24 winners from the second round entered this round.[3] The draw took place on 13 October 2015, with the fixtures played on 7 November 2015. As the only tier 7 club remaining, Downshire Young Men were the lowest-ranked side to reach this stage of the competition, but were ultimately knocked out after a narrow 3–2 defeat to Crumlin United.

Note: All entrants at this stage were at regional level (tiers 4–7).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Abbey Villa (5) 1–1 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Dunmurry Recreation (5)
Ards Rangers (4) 4–1 St Mary's (4)
Comber Recreation (5) 3–4 Ardglass (4)
Crumlin Star (4) 5–0 Dundonald (5)
Downshire Young Men (7) 2–3 Crumlin United (4)
Immaculata (4) 4–2 Lower Maze (4)
Lisburn Rangers (5) 3–0 Tandragee Rovers (4)
Newtowne (4) 3–2 Dromara Village (5)
Oxford United Stars (4) 1–0 St Patrick's Young Men (5)
Rathfriland Rangers (5) 4–2 Sirocco Works (6)
Trojans (4) 5–1 Banbridge Rangers (4)
Valley Rangers (4) 0–2 Wellington Recreation (6)

Source: irishfa.com

Fourth RoundEdit

The fourth round draw was completed on 10 November 2015, with the matches completed between 5 December 2015 and 2 January 2016. The 28 NIFL Championship clubs entered the competition at this stage, and were joined by the 12 third round winners.[3] As the only tier 6 club remaining, Wellington Recreation were the lowest-ranked side to reach this stage of the competition, but they were eliminated by Harland & Wolff Welders.

Note: Intermediate clubs entered the competition at this stage (tiers 2–3).

Team 1  Score  Team 2
5 December 2015
Annagh United (2) 2–1 Dollingstown (3)
Ards (2) 7–0 Donegal Celtic (2)
Ards Rangers (4) 2–3 Oxford United Stars (4)
Armagh City (2) 3–0 Lisburn Rangers (5)
Ballyclare Comrades (2) 0–1 Crumlin Star (4)
Banbridge Town (3) 3–3 (aet)
(3–2 p)
Crumlin United (4)
Dundela (3) 0–2 Immaculata (4)
Harland & Wolff Welders (2) 3–2 Wellington Recreation (6)
Loughgall (2) 2–1 Trojans (4)
Lurgan Celtic (2) 4–0 Ardglass (4)
Newington YC (3) 1–2 (aet) PSNI (3)
Queen's University (3) 1–2 Tobermore United (3)
Wakehurst (3) 1–1 (aet)
(3–2 p)
Glebe Rangers (3)
8 December 2015
Bangor (2) 5–0 Coagh United (3)
9 December 2015
Institute (2) 1–1 (aet)
(5–4 p)
Newtowne (4)
19 December 2015
Dergview (2) 1–6 Sport & Leisure Swifts (3)
Larne (2) 2–0 Limavady United (3)
Lisburn Distillery (2) 2–3 (aet) Knockbreda (2)
Portstewart (3) 3–1 Moyola Park (3)
2 January 2016
Abbey Villa (5) 0–4 Rathfriland Rangers (5)

Fifth RoundEdit

The fifth round draw took place on 8 December 2015, with the matches completed on 9 and 19 January 2016. The 20 winners from the fourth round matches joined the 12 NIFL Premiership clubs to make up the final 32 clubs.[3] As the sole remaining club from tier 5, Rathfriland Rangers were the lowest ranked side to reach the fifth round, but were eliminated by Crusaders.

Note: Senior clubs entered the competition at this stage (tier 1).

9 January 2016 Banbridge Town (3)0–2 Carrick Rangers (1) Crystal Park, Banbridge
13:30 GMT BBC Sport Chines   4'
Kelly   53'
9 January 2016 Crumlin Star (4) 3–2Oxford United Stars (4)The Cliff, Larne
13:30 GMT Murphy   60'67'
Brown   89'
BBC Sport Curran   72'79'
9 January 2016 Harland & Wolff Welders (2)1–4 Glenavon (1) Tillysburn Park, Belfast
13:30 GMT Davidson   66' BBC Sport Hall   20'
Bradley   63'81'
Cooper   90+1'
9 January 2016 Loughgall (2) 5–2Larne (2)Lakeview Park, Loughgall
13:30 GMT Walsh   16'
Mullan   22'44'
Rea   28'
Ryan   53'
BBC Sport Robinson   15'
Keke   57'
9 January 2016 Lurgan Celtic (2) 2–1Bangor (2)Knockrammer Park, Lurgan
13:30 GMT Barton   19'
Haire   65'
BBC Sport Walsh   58'
9 January 2016 Sport & Leisure Swifts (3) 3–2 (a.e.t.)Institute (2)Glen Road Heights, Belfast
13:30 GMT Glenholmes   52'
Gallagher   90+3'
Lynch   108' (pen.)
BBC Sport Friel   25' (pen.)
Harkin   43' (pen.)
9 January 2016 Tobermore United (3)0–2 PSNI (3) Fortwilliam Park, Tobermore
13:30 GMT BBC Sport Agnew   20'
Anderson   65'
9 January 2016 Armagh City (2) 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–1 p)
Portstewart (3)Holm Park, Armagh
15:00 GMT Lavery   6'
Campbell   13'
BBC Sport Bradley   67'
McClements   74'
9 January 2016 Cliftonville (1) 2–0Immaculata (4)Solitude, Belfast
15:00 GMT Knowles   65'
Curran   75'
BBC Sport
9 January 2016 Coleraine (1) 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Ballinamallard United (1)The Showgrounds, Coleraine
15:00 GMT Douglas   85'
Harkin   90+3'
BBC Sport Campbell   16'
Lecky   33'
9 January 2016 Crusaders (1) 3–0Rathfriland Rangers (5)Seaview, Belfast
15:00 GMT O'Carroll   33'
Owens   48'
Forsythe   60'
BBC Sport
9 January 2016 Dungannon Swifts (1) 4–3Warrenpoint Town (1)Stangmore Park, Dungannon
15:00 GMT Teggart   24'
Mitchell   31'71'
Mullan   38'
BBC Sport M Hughes   59'
Murray   85'
McMurray   90+2'
9 January 2016 Linfield (1) 2–1 (a.e.t.)Ballymena United (1)Windsor Park, Belfast
15:00 GMT Waterworth   47'
Bates  114'
BBC Sport Thompson   64'
9 January 2016 Portadown (1) 6–1Wakehurst (3)Shamrock Park, Portadown
15:00 GMT McAllister   15'22'57'
Casement   42'
Mouncey   51'
Parker   83'
BBC Sport Loughlin   90'
19 January 2016 Annagh United (2)1–5 Knockbreda (2) Tandragee Road, Portadown
19:45 GMT McCordick   3' BBC Sport Wilson   16'40'
Johnston   36'
Beggs   61'77'
19 January 2016 Glentoran (1) 4–1Ards (2)The Oval, Belfast
19:45 GMT Lavery   19'24'90+2'
Magee   46'
BBC Sport Gage   44'

Sixth RoundEdit

The sixth round draw was made on 9 January 2016, with the matches played on 6 and 15 February 2016. The 16 winners from the fifth round matches entered this round. As the only representative from outside the Northern Ireland Football League, Crumlin Star were the lowest-ranked club to reach this stage of the competition, but they were eliminated after a narrow 1–0 defeat against Carrick Rangers.

6 February 2016 Loughgall (2) 2–0PSNI (3)Lakeview Park, Loughgall
13:30 GMT Mullen   31'58' (pen.) BBC Sport
6 February 2016 Lurgan Celtic (2) 1–0Knockbreda (2)Knockrammer Park, Lurgan
13:30 GMT Haire   79' BBC Sport
6 February 2016 Cliftonville (1) 4–0Sport & Leisure Swifts (3)Solitude, Belfast
15:00 GMT J.Donnelly   7'9'86' (pen.)
Catney   79'
BBC Sport
6 February 2016 Dungannon Swifts (1)1–3 Crusaders (1) Stangmore Park, Dungannon
15:00 GMT Burke   29' BBC Sport Mitchell   11'
Carvill   38'
Wilson   59' (o.g.)
6 February 2016 Glentoran (1)1–4 Glenavon (1) The Oval, Belfast
15:00 GMT Lindsay   88' (o.g.) BBC Sport Marshall   10'
Martyn   17'
Bradley   54'
Cooper   90+2'
6 February 2016 Linfield (1) 7–0Armagh City (2)Windsor Park, Belfast
15:00 GMT Waterworth   10'27'62'65'
Burns   46'75'
Fallon   87'
BBC Sport
Report
6 February 2016 Portadown (1) 3–1Coleraine (1)Shamrock Park, Portadown
15:00 GMT Oman   31'
Twigg   60' (pen.)
Lowry   87'
BBC Sport McLaughlin   43'
15 February 2016 Carrick Rangers (1) 1–0Crumlin Star (4)Seaview, Belfast
19:45 GMT Chines   63' (pen.) BBC Sport

Quarter-FinalsEdit

The 8 winners of the sixth round matches entered the quarter-finals. The draw took place on 6 February 2016, with the matches played on 5 March 2016. As the only two representatives from outside the NIFL Premiership, second tier sides Loughgall and Lurgan Celtic were the lowest-ranked clubs to reach the quarter-finals. It was Lurgan Celtic's first ever appearance in the quarter-finals. Most notably, this round of matches saw Ronnie McFall's reign as Portadown manager come to an end after 29 years. Appointed in December 1986, he was at the time the longest-serving manager in European football, and resigned after his side's shock 3–2 home defeat against Lurgan Celtic.[4]

5 March 2016 Crusaders (1) 3–0Carrick Rangers (1)Seaview, Belfast
15:00 GMT Heatley   16'52'
O'Carroll   33'
BBC Sport Referee: Raymond Crangle
5 March 2016 Cliftonville (1)0–3 Linfield (1) Solitude, Belfast
15:00 GMT BBC Sport Gaynor   56'90' (pen.)
Waterworth   76'
Referee: Andrew Davey
5 March 2016 Glenavon (1) 2–1Loughgall (2)Mourneview Park, Lurgan
15:00 GMT O'Brien   40'
McGrory   66' (pen.)
BBC Sport Mallon   67' Referee: Arnold Hunter
5 March 2016 Portadown (1)2–3 Lurgan Celtic (2) Shamrock Park, Portadown
15:00 GMT Soares   58'
Mackle   70'
BBC Sport Haire   13'
Conaty   54'
Fitzpatrick   90' (pen.)
Referee: Raymond Hetherington

Semi-FinalsEdit

The 4 quarter-final winners entered the semi-finals, with the matches played at Windsor Park on 1 and 2 April 2016. The dates for the matches were switched after the draw, following a request from the PSNI.[5] As the only representative from outside the NIFL Premiership remaining, second tier side Lurgan Celtic were the lowest-ranked club to reach the semi-finals. It was their first ever appearance in the semi-finals, but they were eliminated by Linfield.

Glenavon (1)4–3Crusaders (1)
Braniff   27'43'53'72' Report Snoddy   24'28'
Heatley   47'

Linfield (1)3–0Lurgan Celtic (2)
Burns   60'80'90+2' (pen.) Report

FinalEdit

The final was played on 7 May 2016 at Windsor Park. Linfield appeared in the final for a record 62nd time, the seventh time in eleven seasons, and the first time since winning a third consecutive cup in the 2012 final. Glenavon reached the final for the second time in three seasons after winning the cup in 2013–14. It was only the fourth ever meeting between the two sides in the final, and the first since the 1992 final when Glenavon defeated Linfield 2–1 at the Oval to win the cup for the fourth time. History would repeat itself as Glenavon went on to beat Linfield 2-0 to win the cup for the seventh time and the second time in three seasons

Glenavon (1)2–0Linfield (1)
Report
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Raymond Heatherington [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IFA unveils Tennent's as new sponsor of Irish Cup". Irish Football Association. irishfa.com. 11 December 2015. Archived from the original on 27 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Irish Cup final: Glentoran 1-0 Portadown". BBC Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Domestic - Irish Cup". Irish Football Association. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Ronnie McFall: Europe's longest-serving boss resigns after 29 years". BBC Sport. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Irish Cup: Date switch for Windsor Park semi-finals". BBC Sport. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  6. ^ "FIFA Referees News: Northern Ireland : 2016 Irish Cup Final". 7 May 2016.

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