1996–97 Irish League Cup

1996–97 Irish League Cup
Wilkinson Sword League Cup
Country  Northern Ireland
Teams 32
Champions Crusaders (1st win)
Runners-up Glentoran
Matches played 31
Goals scored 122 (3.94 per match)

The 1996–97 Irish League Cup (known as the Wilkinson Sword League Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 11th edition of Northern Ireland's secondary football knock-out cup competition. It concluded on 15 October 1996 with the final.

Portadown were the defending champions after their first League Cup win last season; a 2–1 victory over Crusaders in the previous final. This season they went out in the semi-finals to Glentoran. Crusaders were victorious in the final this time, lifting the cup for the first time with a 1–0 victory over Glentoran.[1][2]

First round

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 3–1 Chimney Corner
Ballyclare Comrades 1–0 Armagh City
Ballymoney United 1–2 Newry Town
Banbridge Town 4–4 (4–5 p) Distillery
Bangor 2–0 RUC
Carrick Rangers 2–1 Institute
Coleraine 5–1 Limavady United
Crusaders 1–0 Brantwood
Dungannon Swifts 1–0 Ballymena United
Glenavon 4–0 Dundela
Glentoran 3–0 Moyola Park
Larne 0–1 Harland & Wolff Welders
Linfield 8–2 Tobermore United
Loughgall 3–2 Cliftonville
Omagh Town 10–0 Cookstown United
Portadown 3–0 Ballinamallard United

Second round

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ards 0–3 Crusaders
Ballyclare Comrades 2–4 Omagh Town
Carrick Rangers 3–2 Harland & Wolff Welders
Coleraine 3–2 Glenavon
Distillery 1–0 Bangor
Glentoran 3–1 Dungannon Swifts
Linfield 5–0 Loughgall
Portadown 2–1 Newry Town


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Carrick Rangers 1–4 Linfield
Crusaders 4–2 Omagh Town
Distillery 1–3 Portadown
Glentoran 4–0 Coleraine


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Crusaders 1–1 (4–1 p) Linfield
Portadown 1–2 Glentoran


15 October 1996
Crusaders 1 – 0 Glentoran
Dully  57' Report
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 3,000


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