1995–96 Irish League Cup

1995–96 Irish League Cup
Wilkinson Sword League Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 32
Champions Portadown (1st win)
Runners-up Crusaders
Matches played 31
Goals scored 94 (3.03 per match)

The 1995–96 Irish League Cup (known as the Wilkinson Sword League Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 10th edition of Northern Ireland's secondary football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 19 September 1995 with the final.

Ards were the defending champions after their first League Cup win last season; a 2–0 penalty shootout victory over Cliftonville in the previous final. This season they went out in the second round to Coleraine, who had been runners-up for the past two seasons. Portadown were the eventual winners, lifting the cup for the first time with a 2–1 victory over Crusaders in the final.[1][2]

First round

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 2–0 Queen's University
Armagh City 2–3 Crusaders
Ballyclare Comrades 0–1 Banbridge Town
Carrick Rangers 1–0 Cookstown United
Chimney Corner 0–1 Ballymena United
Cliftonville 5–0 Limavady United
Coleraine 3–1 Ballinamallard United
Distillery 0–1 Harland & Wolff Welders
Dundela 0–1 Portadown
Dungannon Swifts 1–2 Bangor
Glenavon 5–0 Moyola Park
Glentoran 3–0 Brantwood
Larne 3–0 Ballymoney United
Linfield 6–0 RUC
Loughgall 3–4 (aet) Omagh Town
Newry Town 2–0 Tobermore United

Second round

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 1–2 Coleraine
Ballymena United 0–4 Portadown
Carrick Rangers 2–0 Banbridge Town
Cliftonville 6–1 Bangor
Crusaders 1–0 Harland & Wolff Welders
Glentoran 0–1 Linfield
Larne 0–1 Glenavon
Omagh Town 3–1 Newry Town


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Carrick Rangers 2–6 Omagh Town
Cliftonville 0–0 (0–3 p) Crusaders
Coleraine 0–3 Glenavon
Portadown 0–0 (5–4 p) Linfield


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Crusaders 3–1 Omagh Town
Portadown 3–0 Glenavon



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