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2018–19 Irish Cup

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Dec 15, 2021

The 2018–19 Irish Cup (known as the Tennent’s Irish Cup for sponsorship purposes) was the 139th edition of the premier knock-out cup competition in Northern Irishfootball. The competition began on 11 August 2018 and concluded with the final at Windsor Park on 4 May 2019.

Football tournament season

2018–19 Irish Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 126
Champions Crusaders (4th win)
Runners-up Ballinamallard United

Coleraine were the defending champions, having defeated Cliftonville in the 2018 final. Crusaders were the eventual winners, defeating second-tier side Ballinamallard United 3–0 in the final to lift the Cup for the fourth time overall, and the first time in the 10 years since winning the 2009 final.[1]

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All ties level after 90 minutes used extra time to determine the winner, with a penalty shoot-out to follow if necessary.

126 clubs entered this season’s competition – a reduction of four clubs compared with the 2017–18 total of 130 clubs. 90 regional league clubs from tiers 4–7 in the Northern Ireland football league system entered the competition in the first round, with 76 of them drawn into 38 first round fixtures and the remaining 14 clubs receiving a bye into the second round. The 38 first-round winners were joined by the 14 byes and the 12 clubs of the NIFL Premier Intermediate League in the second round. After two further rounds, the eight surviving clubs joined the 24 senior NIFL Premiership and NIFL Championship clubs in the fifth round. All ties level after 90 minutes used extra time to determine the winner, with a penalty shoot-out to follow if necessary.

Round First match date Fixtures Clubs
First Round 11 August 2018 38 126 → 88
Second Round 28 September 2018 32 88 → 56
Third Round 3 November 2018 16 56 → 40
Fourth Round 1 December 2018 8 40 → 32
Fifth Round 5 January 2019 16 32 → 16
Sixth Round 2 February 2019 8 16 → 8
Quarter-Finals 1 March 2019 4 8 → 4
Semi-Finals 30 March 2019 2 4 → 2
Final 4 May 2019 1 2 → 1
Tiers Leagues No. of Entries Entry round
1 NIFL Premiership 24 Fifth Round
2 NIFL Championship
3 NIFL Premier Intermediate League 12 Second Round
4 Ballymena & Provincial Football League Premier Division
Mid-Ulster Football League Intermediate A
Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division
Northern Ireland Intermediate League
90 First Round, or Second Round if byed
5 Mid-Ulster Football League Intermediate B
Northern Amateur Football League Division 1A
6 Northern Amateur Football League Division 1B
7 Northern Amateur Football League Division 1C

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