FAI Super Cup

The FAI Super Cup was an association football super cup featuring clubs from the Republic of Ireland. It was played for between 1998 and 2001. It was a pre-season tournament played in the summer before the regular League of Ireland season began. The same four clubs that qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland in UEFA competitions also qualified for the Super Cup. League of Ireland clubs had previously played in a similar competition known as the Top Four Cup. A similar competition, the LFA President's Cup, co-existed with the FAI Super Cup. Since 2014 the FAI has organised a new super cup, the President's Cup.

FAI Super Cup
Organising bodyFootball Association of Ireland
Founded1998
Abolished2001
RegionRepublic of Ireland Ireland
Number of teams4
Most successful club(s)Shamrock Rovers (1)
St Patrick's Athletic (1)

UCD (1)
Shelbourne (1)

FormatEdit

The first three tournaments were played as a single-elimination tournament, featuring two semi-finals, a third place play-off and a final. The 2001 tournament featured a single round robin group with the group winners being awarded the cup.[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1998 the FAI announce their plans to establish a super cup. It was to be played during the summer and it was intended to act as a warm up and provide the clubs involved in Europe with some competitive games. However the UEFA Intertoto Cup representatives had already played their tie before the FAI Super Cup kicked off. Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, UCD and Shelbourne all won one tournament each.[2][1]

List of participantsEdit

Year Winners Runners up 3rd Place 4th place
1998–99 Shamrock Rovers St Patrick's Athletic Cork City Shelbourne
1999–2000 St Patrick's Athletic Shelbourne Bray Wanderers Cork City
2000–01 UCD Bohemians Cork City Shelbourne
2001–02 Shelbourne Bohemians Cork City Longford Town

Source:[3][4]

TournamentsEdit

1998 FAI Super CupEdit

Semi-finals
1 July 1998 Shamrock Rovers2–1Cork CityMorton Stadium[5]
Kenny   51'
Stokes   55'
Kabia   78' (pen.) Referee: Paul McKeon
2 July 1998 Shelbourne0–0
(4–5 p)
St Patrick's AthleticMorton Stadium[6]
[ Report] Referee: Hugh Byrne
3rd Place Playoff
5 July 1998 Shelbourne1–1
(1–4 p)
Cork CityTolka Park[7]
Baker   44' Kabia   17' Referee: Eddie Barr
Final

1999 FAI Super CupEdit

Semi-finals
1 July 1999 Cork City0–2St Patrick's AthleticTurners Cross
19:30 Report Molloy   18',   76' (pen.) Referee: Dick O'Hanlon
1 July 1999 Shelbourne2–0Bray WanderersTolka Park
19:30 Haylock   12'
Ogden   70'
Report Referee: John McDermott
3rd Place Playoff
Final

Source:[9]

2000 FAI Super CupEdit

Semi-finals
30 June 2000 Cork City2–2
(4–5 p)
BohemiansTurners Cross
Gamble   47'
Delaney   83'
Report Daly   8' (o.g.)
Crowe   70' (pen.)
30 June 2000 UCD2–0ShelbourneBelfield Park
McLoughlin   27'
Lynch   90+2'
Report
3rd Place Playoff
2 July 2000 Shelbourne0–2Cork CityBelfield Park
Tynan   3'
Hartigan   9'
Final
2 July 2000 UCD2–2
(5–4 p)
BohemiansTolka Park
15:00 Mooney   11'
Mullen   19' (o.g.)
Report O'Driscoll   16'
Brennan   60'
Referee: John McDermott

2001 FAI Super CupEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Shelbourne 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5 2001 FAI Super Cup Champions
2 Bohemians 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
3 Cork City 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
4 Longford Town 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
Updated to match(es) played on 1 July 2001. Source:[citation needed]

MatchesEdit

1 July 2001 Shelbourne1–1Cork CityTolka Park
15:00 Richie Foran   88' Report Anthony Buckley   85' Referee: Paul McKeon
1 July 2001 Longford Town2–2BohemiansLongford Rugby Club
17:00 Keith O'Connor   11',   39' Report Darren Meade   18'
Alex Nesovic   40'
Referee: Ian Stokes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "LFA President's Cup". leagueofirelandhistory.wordpress.com. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. ^ "FAI plans to revamp League". The Irish Independent. 20 May 1998. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ "St Patrick's Athletic – Honours". stpatsfc.com. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Roll of Honour". shamrockrovers.ie. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Rovers coast to victory". The Irish Times. 2 July 1998. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Super Cup: St Patrick's win on penalties". The Irish Times. 3 July 1998. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Shelbourne – 1, Cork City – 1". The Irish Times. 6 July 1998. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. ^ "St Patrick's prevail". The Irish Times. 5 July 1999. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  9. ^ "FAI Super Cup, 1999". braywanderers.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.