2018 League of Ireland Cup

The 2018 League of Ireland Cup, known for sponsorship reasons as the 2018 EA Sports Cup, was the 45th season of the League of Ireland's secondary knockout competition. The EA Sports Cup features teams from the SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions, as well as some intermediate level teams. Derry City won the cup for a record 11th time.

2018 League of Ireland Cup
EA Sports Cup
Country Republic of Ireland
Dates12 March – 16 September
Teams24
ChampionsDerry City
Runners-upCobh Ramblers
Matches played23
Top goal scorer(s)Ronan Curtis (Derry City)
Aaron McEneff (Derry City)
James English (Shelbourne)
Jamie Doyle (Shelbourne)
(3 each)
2017
2019

TeamsEdit

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4

Clubs denoted with * received a bye into Second Round

First RoundEdit

All teams were divided into four pools based on geographical location. Two random teams per pool received a bye into the second round. The draw for the First Round took place on 9 February 2018. Ties were scheduled to begin on 5 March 2018 but were subsequently postponed due to the aftermath of extreme weather from a cold wave known as the Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma. Rescheduled ties were set for various dates across March and April 2018.

12 March 2018 Finn Harps4–3Mayo LeagueFinn Park
19:45 7' Devers

41' O'Connor 51' Toland

56' O'Flynn
59' 82' Lavelle 71 ' Morrissey
13 March 2018 Wexford0–0 (a.e.t.)
(7–8 p)
Cobh Ramblers*Ferrycarraig Park
20:00
26 March 2018 Waterford4–1UCCRegional Sports Centre
19:45 11' Martin 32' Puri 40' Daly 66' Akinade 55' Hennessy
26 March 2018 Bray Wanderers0–3ShelbourneCarlisle Grounds
19:45 24' 61' English 29' Boyne Attendance: 208
Referee: Alan Carey
26 March 2018 Bohemians5–1CabinteelyDalymount Park
19:45 37' 76' Watts 38' 42' Manley 65' Grant 8' Fitzpatrick
27 March 2018 Athlone Town0–2UCDAthlone Town Stadium
19:45 34' Molloy 84' Mahdy
9 April 2018 Drogheda United3–2St Mochta'sUnited Park
19:45 28' Doyle 31' McPhillips 40' Meaney 20' Kelly (Pen) 89' Hughes

Second RoundEdit

The draw for the Second Round took place on 22 March 2018 and was made on a regional pool basis. Ties were scheduled for Easter Monday 2 April 2018. Four second round fixtures were postponed due to heavy rainfall causing unplayable pitches. Rearranged fixtures were set for 9 April, 23 April and 24 April.

2 April 2018 Bohemians2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
U.C.D.Dalymount Park
15:00 Eoghan Stokes   54'
Jonathan Lunney   85' (pen)
Report Yousef Mahdy   21'
Gary O’Neill   35'
Attendance: 314
Referee: Derek Tomney
Penalties
Dan Casey  
Jamie Hamilton  
Ryan Graydon 
Jonathan Lunney  
Eoghan Stokes  
  Gary O’Neill
  Timmy Molloy
  Ben Hanrahan
  Paul Doyle
2 April 2018 Finn Harps1–2Derry CityFinn Park
17:00 Ciaran Coll   11' Report Aaron McEneff   29' (pen)
Rory Patterson   63'
Attendance: 935
Referee: John McLoughlin
2 April 2018 Galway United0–1Sligo RoversEamonn Deacy Park
17:00 Report Adam Morgan   83' Referee: Raymond Matthews
2 April 2018 St Patrick's Athletic4–4 (a.e.t.)
(7–8 p)
Dundalk*Richmond Park
17:00 Fagan   58'
Kelly   60'
Leahy   97'
Leahy   104'
Tagbajumi   3'
Murray   45'
Leahy   102' (og.)
Massey   120'
Referee: Adriano Reale
Penalties
Fagan  
Clarke  
Doona  
Kelly  
Lennon  
Toner  
Leahy  
Madden  
Markey  
Massey  
McGrath  
Poynton  
Adorján  
Gartland  
Mountney  
O'Donnell  
Folan  
Tagbajumi  
9 April 2018 Limerick0–1Cobh RamblersMarkets Field
20:45 90' O'Riordan Referee: Anthony Buttimer
23 April 2018 Waterford*1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Cork CityRegional Sports Centre
19:45 100' Duffus 112' O'Hanlon
24 April 2018 Shelbourne7–2Drogheda UnitedTolka Park
20' Mulcahy 22' Rooney 25' Kavanagh
27' 48' 90' Doyle 60' Farrell
69' Trimble 70' Hondermack
24 April 2018 Shamrock Rovers0–1Longford TownTallaght Stadium
19:45 Report Daniel O’Reilly   89' Attendance: 304
Referee: Thomas Dempsey

Quarter FinalsEdit

The draw for the quarter finals took place on 10 April 2018 and was an open draw, unlike previous rounds which were drawn on a geographic pooled basis. Ties are due to be played on 7/8 May 2018.

7 May 2018 Derry City7–3ShelbourneBrandywell Stadium
17:00 Ronan Curtis   5'15'40'
Ronan Hale   36'
Aaron McEneff   43' (pen)
Nicky Low   83'
Nathan Boyle   90'
Report David O’Sullivan   21'28'
James English   81'
Attendance: 1000 (estimate)
Referee: Damien MacGrait
8 May 2018 Cobh Ramblers2–0Longford TownSt. Colman's Park
19:30 Darren Murphy   43'
Andrew Wall   88'
Report Referee: Anthony Buttimer
8 May 2018 Dundalk3–0BohemiansOriel Park
19:45 Dylan Connolly   8'21'
Jamie McGrath   88'
Report Attendance: 1,000 (estimate)
Referee: Robert Rogers
8 May 2018 Sligo Rovers1–0WaterfordThe Showgrounds
19:45 David Cawley   63' Report Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Semi FinalsEdit

The draw for the semi finals of the 2018 EA Sports Cup was made on 13 May 2018. Both ties were played on 6 August 2018.

6 August 2018 Sligo Rovers0–1Derry CityThe Showgrounds
17:00 Report Rory Hale   24' Referee: Graham Kelly
6 August 2018 Cobh Ramblers1–0DundalkSt. Colman's Park
17:00 Christopher Hull   75' Report Referee: Sean Grant

FinalEdit

The final of the League of Ireland Cup took place on 16 September 2018. Home advantage was decided by a coin toss, which Derry City won.

16 September 2018 Derry City3–1Cobh RamblersBrandywell Stadium
16:00 Ronan Hale   23'
Darren Cole   54'
Aaron McEneff   72' (pen)
Report Christopher Hull   26' Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Ben Connolly

ReferencesEdit

  • [1] EA Sports Cup first round draw courtesy of sseairtricityleague.ie
  • [2] First Round draw postponements courtesy of extratime.ie
  • [3] EA Sports Cup second round draw courtesy of extratime.ie
  • [4] Second Round postponements courtesy of irishmirror.ie
  • [5] Quarter Final draw courtesy of sseairtricityleague.ie
  • [6] Semi Final draw courtesy of fai.ie