2014 Setanta Sports Cup

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2014 Setanta Sports Cup
Country Northern Ireland &
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Teams8
ChampionsRepublic of Ireland Sligo Rovers (1st title)
Runners-upRepublic of Ireland Dundalk
Matches played13
Goals scored42 (3.23 per match)
2013
2015

The 2014 Setanta Sports Cup was the ninth staging of the annual all-Ireland football competition. It commenced on 24 February 2014 and concluded on 10 May 2014 with the final.

Shamrock Rovers were the defending champions, following a comfortable 7–1 win over Drogheda United in the 2013 final. This season's competition was reduced in size from twelve clubs down to eight, with four clubs representing each league. The competition was originally going to feature Linfield, who were inaugural winners of this competition in 2005 and had appeared in all eight editions of the competition to date, and 2012–13 IFA Premiership champions Cliftonville. However, both clubs declined the invitation to take part. The clubs cited the difficulty faced by supporters to attend away games, inconvenient match scheduling, and the reduced prize fund as reasons for deciding not to enter. As a result, the fifth and sixth placed sides from the 2012–13 IFA Premiership – Ballinamallard United and Coleraine – were drafted in as replacements.[1]

The competition featured two-legged quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a single-match final.

Prize money[edit]

A prize fund of 73,000 (£60,000) was distributed in the competition, with €33,000 going to the winners, the runners-up collecting €13,000, and the other six participants collecting €4,500 each.[2][3]

  • Winners: €33,000 (£27,000)
  • Runners-up: €13,000 (£10,700)
  • Semi-finalists: €4,500 (£3,700)
  • Quarter-finalists: €4,500 (£3,700)

Qualifiers[edit]

The following clubs entered this year's competition:

Quarter-finals[edit]

The quarter-final draw was made on 11 December 2013, with the first legs played on 24 February 2014 and the second legs played on 10 and 17 March 2014. The four League of Ireland and four IFA Premiership clubs played each other in the quarter-finals over two games (home and away) with the winners qualifying for the semi-finals. Clubs from the same association were kept apart for the draw.[4] All four League of Ireland clubs defeated their Northern Irish Premiership opponents.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 5–1 Northern Ireland Glentoran 5–1 0–0
Crusaders Northern Ireland 1–9 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 1–4 0–5
Dundalk Republic of Ireland 4–3 Northern Ireland Coleraine 2–3 2–0
Ballinamallard United Northern Ireland 0–6 Republic of Ireland St Patrick’s Athletic 0–1 0–5

First Legs[edit]

Shamrock Rovers5 – 1Glentoran
Bayly Goal 8'
Waters Goal 62'
McPhail Goal 75'
McCabe Goal 81'
Madden Goal 90+4'
Report McGuigan Goal 24'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Neil Doyle

Crusaders1 – 4Sligo Rovers
Caddell Goal 72' Report Odhiambo Goal 17'45+1'62'
Greene Goal 39'
Attendance: 300
Referee: Raymond Crangle

Dundalk2 – 3Coleraine
Horgan Goal 18'
McMillan Goal 60'
Report McDaid Goal 34'49'
Harkin Goal 58'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Ballinamallard United0 – 1St Patrick's Athletic
Report Forrester Goal 22'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Mark Courtney

Second Legs[edit]

St Patrick's Athletic5 – 0Ballinamallard United
Quigley Goal 12'62'
Byrne Goal 33'39'
Kavanagh Goal 87'
Report
Attendance: 648
Referee: Rob Rogers

St Patrick's Athletic won 6–0 on aggregate.


Sligo Rovers5 – 0Crusaders
McMillan Goal 11'
North Goal 34'41'
Gaynor Goal 60'
Flatley Goal 85'
Report
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Arnold Hunter

Sligo Rovers won 9–1 on aggregate.


Coleraine0 – 2Dundalk
Report Hoban Goal 51'
O'Donnell Goal 90+2'
Referee: Ray Hetherington

Dundalk won 4–3 on aggregate.


Glentoran0 – 0Shamrock Rovers
Report
Referee: Mervyn Smith

Shamrock Rovers won 5–1 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

The winners of the four quarter-finals entered this round, with the same format as the quarter-finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 1−3 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 1−2 0–1
Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland 7−1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2−0 5–1

First Legs[edit]

Shamrock Rovers1 − 2Dundalk
Zayed Goal 84' Report Towell Goal 11' (pen.)33' (pen.)
Attendance: 750
Referee: Paul Tuite

Sligo Rovers2 − 0St Patrick's Athletic
North Goal 17'90' Report
Attendance: 816
Referee: Mervyn Smith

Second Legs[edit]

St Patrick's Athletic1 − 5Sligo Rovers
Lynch Goal 68' Report Greene Goal 21'39'
N'Do Goal 26'
Foran Goal 71' (o.g.)
Russell Goal 81'
Attendance: 557
Referee: Derek Tomney

Sligo Rovers won 7–1 on aggregate.


Dundalk1 − 0Shamrock Rovers
Shields Goal 47' Report
Attendance: 1,976
Referee: Raymond Crangle

Dundalk won 3–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Dundalk0 − 1Sligo Rovers
Report O'Conor Goal 13'
Attendance: 2,600
Referee: Arnold Hunter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cliftonville and Linfield withdraw from Setanta Cup". BBC Sport. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Heavy blow for Setanta Cup as Belfast pair refuse to take part". Irish Independent. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Linfield & Cliftonville opt out of Setanta Sports Cup - FAI confirm replacements". RTÉ Sport. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Setanta Sports Cup draw". Setanta Sport. 11 December 2013. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2013.