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2008–09 Irish Cup

2008–09 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 100
Champions Crusaders (3rd title)
Runners-up Cliftonville
Matches played 102
Goals scored 419 (4.11 per match)

The 2008–09 Irish Cup was the 129th edition of Northern Ireland's premier football knock-out cup competition. The competition began on 25 October 2008 with the first round and ended on 9 May 2009 with the final.

Linfield were the defending champions, winning their third consecutive Irish Cup the previous season after a 2–1 win over Coleraine in the 2008 final. This season they reached the semi-finals, but were defeated by Cliftonville. Crusaders went on to lift the trophy, beating Cliftonville 1–0 in the final. In doing so, they earned a place in the second qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.[1][2]

First round

The matches were played on 25 October and 1 November 2008.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
1st Bangor Old Boys 1–4 Dunmurry Young Men
Ballymacash Rangers 1–3 Annagh United
Bloomfield 1–4 Grove United
Bryansburn Rangers 3–2 Sirocco Works
Chimney Corner 0–5 Rosario Youth Club
Crewe United 2–3 Crumlin United
Desertmartin 0–3 Queen's University
Donard Hospital 1–2 Raceview
Downpatrick 4–0 Barn United
Draperstown Celtic 2–0 Magherafelt Sky Blues
Dromara Village 3–0 Sport & Leisure Swifts
Dunmurry Recreation 2–1 Ballynure Old Boys
Holywood 1–2 Drumaness Mills
Harland & Wolff Welders 1–2 Warrenpoint Town
Kilmore Recreation 3–1 East Belfast
Laurelvale 2–3 Moyola Park
Lisburn Rangers 0–1 Rathfriland Rangers
Lurgan Town Boys 2–4 Islandmagee
Markethill Swifts 2–4 UUC
Newcastle 3–1 Seagoe
Oxford United Stars 1–2 Dungiven Celtic
Portstewart 3–2 Comber Recreation
Roe Valley 1–6 Newbuildings United
Tandragee Rovers 7–0 Portadown BBOB
Wakehurst 0–2 Dundela
Wellington Recreation 2–2 (4–2 p) Downshire Young Men

Second round

The games were played on 22 November 2008.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Annagh United 5–0 Rathfriland Rangers
Ards Rangers 3–4 Islandmagee
Brantwood 1–2 Queen's University
Churchill United 3–6 Newcastle
Crumlin United 9–0 Dunaghy
Dollingstown 6–2 Strabane
Draperstown Celtic 3–5 Nortel
Dromara Village 4–3 Raceview
Drumaness Mills 4–1 Bryansburn Rangers
Dundela 5–0 Saintfield United
Dungiven Celtic 2–3 Newbuildings United
Dunmurry Recreation 1–0 Abbey Villa
Fivemiletown United 1–3 Warrenpoint Town
Grove United 0–1 Portstewart
Hanover 3–1 Moyola Park
Killyleagh Youth 2–0 Lower Maze
Knockbreda Parish 2–4 Downpatrick
Lurgan Celtic 1–0 Oxford United Stars
Newington Youth Club 4–2 Rosario Youth Club
PSNI 4–3 Albert Foundry
Tandragee Rovers 1–2 Malachians
UUC 1–3 Kilmore Recreation
Wellington Recreation 3–2 Dunmurry Young Men

Third round

In this round entered winners from the Second Round as well as all 17 teams from IFA Championship. The games were played on 13 December 2008.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Annagh United 0–1 Warrenpoint Town
Armagh City 0–2 Banbridge Town
Ballyclare Comrades 4–1 Newbuildings United
Carrick Rangers 5–0 Drumaness Mills
Coagh United 2–3 Portstewart
Crumlin United 0–2 Ballymoney United
Dergview 3–2 Dunmurry Recreation
Donegal Celtic 3–0 Kilmore Recreation
Dromara Village 1–3 Ballinamallard United
Glebe Rangers 0–2 Newington Youth Club
Hanover 1–5 Downpatrick
Killymoon Rangers 0–2 Killyleagh Youth
Larne 3–1 Dollingstown
Limavady United 5–1 Lurgan Celtic
Loughgall 5–0 Nortel
Malachians 1–2 Ards
Portadown 5–2 Dundela
PSNI 6–3 Newcastle
Tobermore United 3–2 Queen's University
Wellington Recreation 0–3 Islandmagee

Fourth round

In this round entered winners from the Third Round as well as all 12 teams from IFA Premiership. The games were played on 17 January 2009.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballinamallard United 0–1 Donegal Celtic
Ballyclare Comrades 0–2 Ballymena United
Banbridge Town 0–3 Lisburn Distillery
Bangor 1–1 Carrick Rangers
Cliftonville 3–1 Warrenpoint Town
Coleraine 3–0 Ards
Crusaders 1–0 Ballymoney United
Dungannon Swifts 7–2 Downpatrick
Glenavon 3–1 Newington Youth Club
Glentoran 3–0 Limavady United
Islandmagee 0–3 Institute
Larne 1–3 Loughgall
Linfield 0–0 PSNI
Newry City 8–0 Portstewart
Portadown 8–1 Dergview
Tobermore United 4–1 Killyleagh Youth

Replays

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Carrick Rangers 1–5 Bangor
Linfield 3–0 PSNI

Fifth round

In this round entered the sixteen winners from the Fourth Round. The matches were played on 14 February 2009.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ballymena United 0–1 Crusaders
Cliftonville 2–0 Donegal Celtic
Glenavon 1–3 Linfield
Glentoran 2–1 Coleraine
Institute 1–0 Dungannon Swifts
Lisburn Distillery 1–0 Tobermore United
Newry City 1–0 Bangor
Portadown 5–0 Loughgall

Quarter-finals

7 March 2009
15:00 UTC
Glentoran 0 – 1 Cliftonville
Report Scannell Goal 20'

7 March 2009
15:00 UTC
Institute 2 – 1 Newry City
Friars Goal 27'
Brown Goal 86'
Report Morgan Goal 14'

7 March 2009
15:00 UTC
Linfield 3 – 0 Lisburn Distillery
Ferguson Goal 49' Goal 67'
McAreavey Goal 80'
Report

7 March 2009
15:00 UTC
Portadown 2 – 5 Crusaders
Mouncey Goal 42'
Baker Goal 85'
Report Donnelly Goal 37'
Smyth Goal 46'
Rainey Goal 57'
Owens Goal 70'
Arthurs Goal 92'

Semi-finals

4 April 2009
13:05 BST
Cliftonville 0 – 0 Linfield
Report

4 April 2009
15:00 BST
Crusaders 4 – 1 Institute
Owens Goal 9'
Doherty Goal 11'
Black Goal 33'
McLaughlin Goal 79' (o.g.)
Report Ramsey Goal 64' (pen.)

Semi-final replay

21 April 2009
19:45 BST
Cliftonville 3 – 2 Linfield
Scannell Goal 20' (pen.) Goal 90+3'
Donaghy Goal 90+4'
Report Munster Goal 32'
Garrett Goal 76'

Final

9 May 2009
14:30 BST
Cliftonville 0 – 1 Crusaders
Report Dickson Goal 47'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 7500
Referee: Adrian McCourt

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