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League of Ireland Cup
2018
Region Flag of Republic Ireland.gif Republic Ireland
Dates March – September
Number of teams 24
Total matches played 23
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The 2018 League of Ireland Cup, known for sponsorship reasons as the 2018 EA Sports Cup, is the 45th season of the League of Ireland's secondary knockout competition. The EA Sports Cup features teams from the SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions, as well as some intermediate level teams.

Teams

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4

Clubs denoted with * received a bye into Second Round

First Round

All teams were divided into four pools based on geographical location. Two random teams per pool received a bye into the second round. The draw for the First Round took place on 9 February 2018. Ties were scheduled to begin on 5 March 2018 but were subsequently postponed due to the aftermath of extreme weather from a cold wave known as the Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma. Rescheduled ties were set for various dates across March and April 2018.

12 March 2018 Finn Harps 4-3 Mayo League Finn Park  
19:45 7' Devers

41' O'Connor 51' Toland 56' O'Flynn

59' 82' Lavelle

71 ' Morrissey

13 March 2018 Wexford 0-0
(7–8 pen)
Cobh Ramblers* Ferrycarraig Park  
20:00
  Penalties  
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19 March 2018 Galway United 1-0 Cockhill Celtic Eamonn Deacy Park  
19:45 51' Gill (OG)
26 March 2018 Waterford 4-1 UCC Regional Sports Centre  
19:45 11' Martin 32' Puri 40' Daly 66' Akinade 55' Hennessy
26 March 2018 Bray Wanderers 0-3 Shelbourne Carlisle Grounds  
19:45 24' 61' English 29' Boyne
26 March 2018 Bohemians 5-1 Cabinteely Dalymount Park  
19:45 37' 76' Watts 38' 42' Manley 65' Grant 8' Fitzpatrick
27 March 2018 Athlone Town 0-2 UCD Athlone Town Stadium  
19:45 34' Molloy 84' Mahdy
9 April 2018 Drogheda United 3-2 St Mochta's United Park  
19:45 28' Doyle 31' McPhillips 40' Meaney 20' Kelly (Pen) 89' Hughes

Second Round

The draw for the Second Round took place on 22 March 2018 and was made on a regional pool basis. Ties were scheduled for Easter Monday 2 April 2018. Four second round fixtures were postponed due to heavy rainfall causing unplayable pitches. Rearranged fixtures were set for 9 April,23 April and 24 April.

2 April 2018 Bohemians* 2-2
(5–3 pen)
UCD Dalymount Park  
15:00 54' Stokes 83' Lunney (Pen) 21' Mahdy 35' O'Neill
  Penalties  
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2 April 2018 Finn Harps 1-2 Derry City Finn Park  
17:00 11' Coll 29' McEneff (Pen) 63' Patterson
2 April 2018 Galway United 0-1 Sligo Rovers Eamonn Deacy Park  
17:00 82' McCabe
9 April 2018 Limerick 0-1 Cobh Ramblers Market's Field  
19:45 90' O'Riordan
9 April 2018 St Patrick's Athletic 4-4
(7–8 pen)
Dundalk* Richmond Park  
19:45 Fagan Soccerball 58'
Kelly Soccerball 60'
Leahy Soccerball 97'
Leahy Soccerball 104'
Tagbajumi Soccerball 3'
Murray Soccerball 45'
Leahy Soccerball 102' (og.)
Massey Soccerball 120'
Referee: Adriano Reale
  Penalties  
Fagan Soccerball shad check
Clarke -Soccerball shade cross
Doona Soccerball shad check
Kelly Soccerball shad check
Lennon Soccerball shad check
Toner Soccerball shad check
Leahy Soccerball shad check
Madden Soccerball shad check
Markey -Soccerball shade cross
  Massey -Soccerball shade cross
McGrath Soccerball shad check
Poynton Soccerball shad check
Adorján Soccerball shad check
Gartland Soccerball shad check
Mountney Soccerball shad check
O'Donnell Soccerball shad check
Folan Soccerball shad check
Tagbajumi Soccerball shad check
23 April 2018 Waterford* 1-1
(5-3 pen)
Cork City Regional Sports Centre  
19:45 100' Duffus 112' O'Hanlon
  Penalties  
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24 April 2018 Shelbourne 7-2 Drogheda United Tolka Park  
20' Mulcahy 22' Rooney 25' Kavanagh
27' 48' 90' Doyle 60' Farrell
69' Trimble 70' Hondermack
24 April 2018 Shamrock Rovers 0-1 Longford Town Tallaght Stadium  
19:45 89' O'Reilly

Quarter Finals

The draw for the quarter finals took place on 10 April 2018 and was an open draw, unlike previous rounds which were drawn on a geographic pooled basis. Ties are due to be played on 7/8 May 2018.

7 May 2018 Derry City 7-3 Shelbourne Brandywell Stadium  
17:00 5' 15' 40' Curtis 36' Hale
43' McEneff (Pen) 83' Low 90' Boyle
21' 28' O'Sullivan 81' English
8 May 2018 Cobh Ramblers 2-0 Longford Town St. Colman's Park  
19:30 43' Murphy 88' Wall
8 May 2018 Dundalk 3-0 Bohemians Oriel Park  
19:45 7' 21' Connolly 89' McGrath
8 May 2018 Sligo Rovers 1-0 Waterford The Showgrounds  
19:45 63' Cawley

Semi Finals

The draw for the semi finals of the 2018 EA Sports Cup was made on 13 May 2018. Both ties are due to be played on 6 August 2018.

6 August 2018 Sligo Rovers v Derry City The Showgrounds  
6 August 2018 Cobh Ramblers v Dundalk St. Colman's Park  

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