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Setanta Cup

For the English football competition called Setanta Shield for sponsorship reasons, see Conference League Cup.
Setanta Sports Cup
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Founded 2005
Region Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Number of teams 12
Current champions Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland
Most successful club(s) Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers
(2 titles) Republic of Ireland
Website Setanta Sports Cup
2013

The Setanta Sports Cup, commonly known as just the Setanta Cup, is a club football competition featuring teams from both football associations on the island of Ireland. It was inaugurated in 2005 as a cross-border competition between clubs from the League of Ireland from the Republic of Ireland and the IFA Premiership from Northern Ireland.

The cup is sponsored by Setanta Sports, the Irish subscription sports television network. The competition was launched with Setanta providing support for prize money (350,000) and sponsorship (€1.6 million over four years). In June 2009, the company went into administration and ceased broadcasting in Great Britain, putting the future of the competition in doubt.[1] The draw for the 2009 tournament was postponed for a month but the competition eventually continued. The competition has seen instances of crowd violence at its games since its inception.[2][3]

The competition features six teams from each league with the top four from the respective leagues and the winners of the respective cup competitions (FAI Cup and League of Ireland Cup from the League of Ireland, and the Irish Cup and Irish League Cup from the IFA Premiership) taking part. If a club has qualified via a cup win and would also qualify by league table position, one of the spots would be awarded to the next highest club in the league table that has not qualified via a cup win. The competition is played in a two-legged knock-out tie format up until the final. Four clubs from each League participate in the first round. The four winners from the first round ties join four seeded teams (usually the two League winners, the FAI cup winners and the Irish Cup winners) in the quarter-finals. The quarter-final winners again play a two-legged knock-out tie in the semi-finals for a place in the final, which is a single game.

The cup logo was designed by Red&Grey Design.

History

The Setanta Cup is the first cross-border competition since the 1980s. Previous competitions include the Dublin and Belfast Intercity Cup 1941/42-1948/49, the North-South Cup 1961/62-1962/63, the Blaxnit Cup 1967/68-1973/74, the Texaco (All-Ireland) Cup 1973/74-1974/75, and the Tyler Cup 1978-1980.

The inaugural Cup was played between March and May 2005 at the start of the League of Ireland season and the end of the IFA Premiership season.

2005

Qualification for the 2005 cup was based on the national league and cup performances in the respective countries - the top two in each league and the winners of the FAI Cup and Irish Cup qualified. Teams were split into two groups with the winner of each qualifying for the final. The 2005 competition saw Cork City, Longford and Shelbourne, represent the League of Ireland, and Glentoran, Linfield and Portadown represent the IFA Premiership. The eventual winners of the Cup, Linfield, started the campaign poorly losing 2:1 to Longford before going on to win their remaining group matches and beating pre-tournament favourites Shelbourne.

2006

The 2006 competition featured four teams from each league with the winners of the respective secondary cup competitions, the League of Ireland Cup and Irish League Cup being added. The competition was organised with two groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group entered a semi-final round with the winner progressing to the final. The League of Ireland was represented by Cork City, Derry City, Shelbourne and Drogheda United with the IFA Premiership being represented by Linfield, Glentoran, Portadown and Dungannon Swifts. A total of twenty-seven matches were played with the competition kicking off on Monday 20 February 2006 with the final having been played on Saturday 22 April 2006 at Tolka Park in Dublin. Drogheda United won, beating Cork City.

2007

The draw for the 2007 Setanta Cup competition was made on 7 December 2006 with the original competing teams being the identical ones to the previous year's competition. On 30 January 2007, however, Shelbourne announced that they were withdrawing from the competition for reasons relating to their financial troubles and the fact that they would be unlikely to field a team of players. Their place was given to the 2006 FAI Cup runners-up St Patrick's Athletic.

The first round of matches commenced on Monday 26 February 2007. The prize of £100,000 was on offer to the eventual competition winner, with the runner-up to receive £55,000. Linfield progressed from the first stage after finishing top of Group 1, guaranteeing them a home semi-final, while Drogheda United finished behind them. This meant that Drogheda had to travel away from home to meet the winners of Group 2, who were St. Patrick's Athletic. Meanwhile, Cork City, who finished second in Group 2 had to travel to Windsor Park to play Linfield. Both Linfield and St. Patrick's Athletic went through the group stage without a single defeat, while St. Patrick's Athletic even managed to win five of their six games. The final, between Linfield and Drogheda at Windsor Park was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Drogheda claimed the trophy for a second consecutive year thanks to two penalty saves from Mikko Vilmunen.

2008

The draw for the 2008 Setanta Sports Cup was made on the 17th of January 2008 having been postponed since December 2007 to allow time for work on agreeing the Eircom LoI fixtures for 2008. For the third year in a row there were four representatives from each of the leagues with two from each league to be drawn in each group. The 2008 seasons saw a change to the format with the first three group games in each group being played between late February and early April before the teams take a break from the competition until September. Over the period September/October the remaining group games and the semi-finals and final were played. The final took place on Saturday November 1 at Turners Cross in Cork, where Cork City overcame Glentoran 2-1.

* in a change to previous years The FAI League Cup Winners were required to play the FAI First Division Champions in a play-off for the final Eircom LoI place in the Setanta Sports Cup 2008. As Derry City F.C. beat Cobh Ramblers 2-1 in the Setanta cup play-off in November 2007 they claimed the remaining spot.

2009–10

"It is only fair for the tournament winners to be given the chance to defend their crown."

Milo Corcoran, Chairman of Setanta Sports Cup Organising Committee

The 2009–10 season saw the Setanta Cup expand to nine teams, including the holders, Cork City. There were three groups of three with the group winners and best runners-up qualifying for the semi-finals.[4] The final took place on 15 May 2010 between Bohemians and St. Patrick's Athletic, the first final between teams from the same city. Bohemians won the match 1 - 0.

2011

Main article: 2011 Setanta Sports Cup

The 2011 Setanta Sports Cup kicked off on 14 February 2011 and concluded on 14 May 2011. It was played over four rounds, each round over two legs, except the final. The competition was again expanded - this time to twelve teams. Six League of Ireland and six IFA Premiership teams took part. Clubs who finished in the top four positions of both leagues qualified, along with the winners of the FAI Cup, League of Ireland Cup, Irish Cup and Irish League Cup competitions. The competition commenced on 14 February 2011, and ended with the final on 14 May 2011, which was played at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin and was won by Shamrock Rovers. Milo Corcoran, Chairman of the Setanta Sports Cup Organising Committee said he believed the knockout format "will add even greater excitement to the tournament".[5]

2012

Main article: 2012 Setanta Sports Cup

The 2012 Setanta Sports Cup kicked off on 11 February 2012 and concluded with the final on 12 May 2012. Twelve clubs took part - six from each league. The two league winners, the FAI Cup winners, and the Irish Cup winners received a bye into the quarter-finals. The final was played at The Oval, Belfast and was won by Crusaders for the first time, defeating Derry City 5–4 on penalties after a 2–2 draw.

2013

Main article: 2013 Setanta Sports Cup

The 2013 competition kicked off on 11 February 2013 and will conclude on 11 May 2013 with the final, which will be played in the Republic of Ireland. The competition again featured 12 clubs - six from each league. Cup holders Crusaders, 2012 FAI Cup winners Derry City, 2011–12 IFA Premiership champions Linfield and 2012 League of Ireland champions Sligo Rovers entered the competition in the quarter-finals, with the remaining eight clubs entering in the first round.

Finals

* Match decided in extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time


Season Association Winner Score Runner-up Association Venue Attendance
2005 Northern Ireland Linfield 2 – 0 Shelbourne Republic of Ireland Tolka Park, Dublin 7,800
2006 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United 01 – 0 * Cork City Republic of Ireland Tolka Park, Dublin 9,600
2007 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United 0 1 – 1 (4 – 3 p) Linfield Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast 7,600
2008 Republic of Ireland Cork City 2 – 1 Glentoran Northern Ireland Turners Cross, Cork 5,500
2009–10 Republic of Ireland Bohemians 1 – 0 St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 3,896
2011 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2 – 0 Dundalk Republic of Ireland Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 4,879
2012 Northern Ireland Crusaders 0 2 – 2 (5 – 4 p) Derry City Republic of Ireland The Oval, Belfast 3,275
2013 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 7 – 1 Drogheda United Republic of Ireland Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 4,022

Performance By Club

Association Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Republic of Ireland Drogheda United 2 1 2006, 2007
Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2 - 2011, 2013
Northern Ireland Linfield 1 1 2005
Republic of Ireland Cork City 1 1 2008
Republic of Ireland Bohemians 1 - 2010
Northern Ireland Crusaders 1 - 2012
Republic of Ireland Shelbourne - 1
Northern Ireland Glentoran - 1
Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic - 1
Republic of Ireland Dundalk - 1
Republic of Ireland Derry City - 1

Titles by Location

City Wins Defeats Winners Runners up
Dublin 3 2 Shamrock Rovers (2), Bohemians (1) Shelbourne (1), St. Patrick's Athletic (1)
Belfast 2 2 Linfield (1), Crusaders (1) Glentoran (1), Linfield (1)
Drogheda 2 1 Drogheda United (2) Drogheda United (1)
Cork 1 1 Cork City (1) Cork City (1)
Dundalk - 1 Dundalk (1)
Derry - 1 Derry City (1)

Titles by Province

Province Wins Runners up Winners Runners up
Leinster Leinster 5 4 Drogheda United (2), Shamrock Rovers (2), Bohemians (1) Shelbourne (1), St. Patrick's Athletic (1), Dundalk (1), Drogheda United (1)
Ulster Ulster 2 3 Linfield (1), Crusaders (1) Glentoran (1), Linfield (1), Derry City (1)
Munster Munster 1 1 Cork City (1) Cork City (1)
Connacht Connaught - -

Records

  • Biggest win: Portadown 0 - 7 Cork City, 26 March 2007.
  • Highest scoring game: Crusaders 4 - 6 Cliftonville, 21 March 2011.

Seasons appeared

Club Appearances Years
Northern Ireland Glentoran 8 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009–10, 2011, 2012, 2013
Northern Ireland Linfield 8 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009–10, 2011, 2012, 2013
Republic of Ireland Cork City 6 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009–10, 2013
Northern Ireland Portadown 6 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
Republic of Ireland Derry City 6 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009–10, 2012, 2013
Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 6 2007, 2008, 2009–10, 2011, 2012, 2013
Northern Ireland Cliftonville 5 2008, 2009–10, 2011, 2012, 2013
Republic of Ireland Drogheda United 4 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013
Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 4 2009-10, 2011, 2012, 2013
Northern Ireland Dungannon Swifts 3 2006, 2007, 2008
Republic of Ireland Bohemians 3 2009-10, 2011, 2012
Northern Ireland Crusaders 3 2011, 2012, 2013
Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 3 2011, 2012, 2013
Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 2 2005, 2006
Northern Ireland Coleraine 2 2009-10. 2013
Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery 2 2011, 2012
Republic of Ireland Longford Town 1 2005
Republic of Ireland Dundalk 1 2011
Republic of Ireland UCD 1 2011
Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers 1 2012

See also

References

External links

  • Irish Football Club Project Archive on All-Ireland Competitions
  • Official Setanta Cup Site
  • All-Ireland Cross-Border Cup Competitions history
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