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The League of Ireland Cup 2008 was the 35th staging of the Irish football knockout competition. It was won by Derry City.

24 four clubs participated in this year's competition. 12 Premier League and 10 First Division clubs were joined by Donegal intermediate side Kildrum Tigers and the Kerry League representative side who both entered in the First Round of the competition. For both the First and Second rounds of the competition, all participating clubs were split into 4 regional pools with the further rounds of the competition having an open draw.

The 2008 eircom League of Ireland Cup officially kicked off on the Bank Holiday weekend of Monday, 24 March 2008 when 14 eircom league clubs were joined by Kildrum Tigers and the Kerry League in the First Round. Bohemians, Cork City, Drogheda United and St. Patrick's Athletic all received a bye into the Second Round of the competition due to their future participation in European competitions. Four more clubs received a bye into the Second Round as a result of an open draw: Derry City, Finn Harps, Limerick 37 and UCD.

The competition ran until late September, with the final taking place on Saturday, 27 September 2008 at Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford[1] where Derry City delivered a spectacular performance to defeat hosts Wexford Youths 6–1.[2]


First Round


Pool A

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Kerry League 1–1 (aet, p. 3–2) Waterford United
Wexford Youths 1–0 (aet) Cobh Ramblers

Pool B

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Kildrum Tigers 1–6 Sligo Rovers
Galway United 2–0 Longford Town

Pool C

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Sporting Fingal 2–2 (aet, p. 5–6) Shelbourne
Dundalk 3–0 Monaghan United

Pool D

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Bray Wanderers 3–0 Athlone Town
Kildare County 0–3 Shamrock Rovers

Second Round

Pool A

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Wexford Youths 2–0 Kerry League
Cork City 3–0 Limerick 37

Pool B

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Sligo Rovers 0–0 (aet, p. 5–6) Galway United
Derry City 3–0 Finn Harps

Pool C

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Bohemians 4–0 Dundalk
Shelbourne 0–2 Drogheda United

Pool D

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Bray Wanderers 1–0 Shamrock Rovers
UCD 2–0 St Patrick's Athletic


The matches were played on Tuesday, 1 July 2008.

Team #1  Score  Team #2
Galway United 3–0 Bray Wanderers
UCD 1–2 Wexford Youths
Derry City 4–1 Bohemians
Drogheda United 0–2 Cork City


4 August 2008
19:45 IST
Galway United 0 – 2 Derry City Terryland Park, Galway
Referee: M. Gough
Report Morrow Goal 72' (pen.)
McGinn Goal 82'

25 August 2008
19:45 IST
Cork City 0 – 1 Wexford Youths Turners Cross, Cork
Attendance: 1,647
Referee: D. Tomney
Report P. Murphy Goal 24'


27 September 2008
19:30 IST
Wexford Youths 1 – 6 Derry City Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford
Referee: R. Winter
Furlong Goal 25' Report Morrow Goal 15' Goal 28' Goal 70'
McGinn Goal 19' Goal 30'
Deery Goal 27'

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