2020 League of Ireland Cup

The 2020 League of Ireland Cup, also known for sponsorship reasons as the 2020 EA Sports Cup, is the 47th 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. The competition was deferred indefinitely on March 20 by the Football Association of Ireland as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. [1]

2020 League of Ireland Cup
EA Sports Cup
Country Republic of Ireland
Dates8 March – TBD
Defending championsDundalk
2021 →

First RoundEdit

All ten teams from the League of Ireland First Division, with the exception of Shamrock Rovers II, enter the competition at this stage. One representative from the Leinster Senior League. the Munster Senior League and the Ulster Senior League enter at this point also. The draw for the first round was made on 18 February with fixtures originally set for 9 and 10 March.[2]

8 March 2020 Cabinteely4–3 (a.e.t.)Crumlin UnitedBlackrock, Dublin
15:30 GMT Kaito Akimoto   1'
Eoin McPhillips   15'
Dean Casey   109'
Oliver White   119'
Report Stephen Larkin   19'
Craig Walsh   34' (pen)   103'
Stadium: Stradbrook Road
Attendance: 150 (est.)
Referee: Robert Dowling
10 March 2020 UCC1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
Cobh RamblersCork
19:30 GMT Owen Collins   107' Report Cian Leonard   105' Stadium: The Mardyke
Attendance: 200 (est.)
Referee: Kevin O'Sullivan
Daniel Pender  
James Sheehan  
Daniel Pender  
Gordon Walker  
Rian O'Sullivan  
David Hurley  
Cian Leonard  
Pierce Phillips  
Adam Foley  
Charlie Lyons  
10 March 2020 Galway United2–0Athlone Town Galway
19:45 GMT Alberto Cabanyes   49'
Wilson Waweru   65'
Report Stadium: Eamon Deacy Park
Attendance: 350 (est.)
Referee: Damien McGraith
10 March 2020 Wexford1–2 (a.e.t.)Bray WanderersWexford
19:45 GMT Janabi Amour   55' Report Joe Doyle   90+3'   108' Stadium: Ferrycarrig Park
Attendance: 150 (est.)
Referee: Alan Patchell

Second RoundEdit

All Premier Division teams enter at the second round stage of the competition.[3]

Top scorersEdit

*As of 11th March 2020

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Joe Doyle Bray Wanderers 2
  Craig Walsh Crumlin United
3   Owen Collins UCC 1
  Cian Leonard Cobh Ramblers
  Wilson Waweru Galway United
  Janabi Amour Wexford
  Alberto Cabanyes Galway United
  Oliver White Cabinteely
  Dean Casey
  Stephen Larkin Crumlin United
  Eoin McPhillips Cabinteely
  Kaito Akimoto


  1. ^ "EA Sports Cup deferred". 20 March 2020 – via www.leagueofireland.ie. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Drogheda-UCD the standout tie in EA Sports Cup draw". 18 February 2020 – via www.rte.ie. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "First Round Draw for 2020 EA Sports Cup". Independent.ie. Retrieved 18 February 2020.