Connacht Junior Cup (association football)

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Connacht Junior Cup
Organising body Connacht Football Association
Founded1928
Region Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht
Current championsCorrib Rangers
Most successful club(s) Castlebar Celtic (9)
Galway Bohemians (9) [1]

The Connacht Junior Cup or Connaught Junior Cup is a cup competition organised by the Connacht Football Association for junior association football clubs. In the seasons when there has been no active Connacht Senior League or Connacht Senior Cup, this junior cup competition has effectively been the top level competition for non-League of Ireland clubs affiliated to the CFA. As a result, it is often simply just referred to as the Connacht Cup or Connaught Cup. The inaugural winners were Galway Town. The competition's most successful clubs have been Castlebar Celtic and Galway Bohemians who have been winners at least nine times each. Sligo Rovers, Longford Town, Galway Rovers and Mervue United were all winners before going on to join the League of Ireland. [1] [2] [3]

Contents

List of finals

DateWinnerScoreRunners-upVenue
2018–19Corrib Rangers1–0Manulla Eamonn Deacy Park
2017–18 Mervue United 5–4 PENSCarbury FC The Showgrounds
2016–17Ballinasloe Town3–2West United Eamonn Deacy Park
2015–16Athenry [4] 7–0Ballinasloe Town Lecarrow
2014–15 Mervue United 2–1Athenry Eamonn Deacy Park
2013–14Ballinasloe Town [5] 0–0 [note 1] Castlebar Celtic Milebush Park, Castlebar
2012–13Ballinasloe TownAthenry
2011–12 Westport United
2010–11Athenry
2009–10Athenry
2008–09Castlerea Celtic
2007–08Athenry
2006–07Athenry
2005–06Abbey United Castlebar Celtic
2004–05 Mervue United 4–1Glenview Stars
2003–04Ballinasloe Town2–1Manulla
2002–03 Castlebar Celtic Moyne Villa
2001–02 Mervue United
2000–01Galway Hibernians2–1Skyvalley
1999–2000Galway Hibernians4–2Charlestown Athletic
1998–99Strand CelticBallyglass
1997–98 Mervue United Crescent United
1996–97 Galway Bohemians Cliffoney Celtic
1995–96Calry Bohemians1–0Ballyglass
1994–95Galway Hibernians
1993–94Galway Hibernians2–0Abbey United
1992–93 Galway Bohemians
1991–92Crescent United1–0Urlaur United
1990–91 Mervue United
1989–90 Mervue United
1988–89Castlebar Town4–0Calry Bohemians
1987–88Sligo Corinthians
1986–87 Westport United 2–1 [6] West United
1985–86 Castlebar Celtic 2–1Galway Hibernians
1984–85 Castlebar Celtic 3–2 Mervue United [3]
1983–84Sligo Collegians
1982–83Galway Hibernians
1981–82West United
1980–81Coolera Rovers
1979–80 Castlebar Celtic Mervue United [3]
1978–79 UCG
1977–78 Galway Bohemians
1976–77 Ballina Town 2–1Galway Descpo
1975–76 UCG West United
1974–75West United5–1Westport
1973–74 Westport United 1–0 [7] OLBC (Galway)Westport Sports Park
1972–73 UCG 2–0 Ballina Town
1971–72 Galway Bohemians
1970–71Gilooly Rangers
1969–70 Galway Bohemians
1968–69collegians
1967–68Collegians
1966–67 UCG 1–0Sligo Collegians
1965–66Shannon (Sligo)
1964–65 UCG
1963–64 Castlebar Celtic 5–2 Westport United
1962–63OLBC (Galway)
1961–62Collegians
1960–61 Westport United 4–1Sligo Rangers
1959–60 Castlebar Celtic 3–0OLBC (Galway)
1958–59 Castlebar Celtic 2–1Sligo Collegians
1957–58 Galway Rovers
1956–57Shamrock AthleticSligo St. Annes
1955–56 Galway Bohemians
1954–55 Castlebar Celtic
1953–54Sligo Bohemians
1952–53 Galway Bohemians
1951–52 [note 2]
1950–51Galway Hibernians
1949–50Westport Town
1948–49Sligo Bohemians
1947–48M.C.R. Sligo Castlebar Celtic
1946–47 Castlebar Celtic 1–0 Galway Rovers
1945–46 Galway Bohemians
1944–45Westport Town
1943–44Galway Bohemians
1942–43Sligo Bohemians
1941–42Westport Town3–2 Galway Bohemians
1940–41St Mary's (Sligo)
1939–40Killybegs
1938–39 Galway Bohemians
1937–38Galway Bohemians
1936–37Distillery F.C. (Sligo)
1935–36Sligo

Bohemians

1934–35Sligo Bohemians
1933–34Killybegs5–4Galway
1932–33Glen Celtic AFC
1931–32 Longford Town
1930–31Hibernians (Athlone)5–1 [note 3] Galway [8]
1929–30 Sligo Rovers
1928–29Galway Town1–1 [note 4] Hibernians (Athlone) [8] Sligo

Source: [1] [9] [10] [3] [11] [12]

Notes

  1. Ballinasloe Town won 4–2 on penalties
  2. The list of Connaught Junior Cup Past Finals at foot.ie lists Galway Bohemians and Killybegs as winners and runners up respectively
  3. This was a second replay. Two earlier games both finished 1–1
  4. The game finished 1–1 and Hibernians (Athlone) refused to play extra time. Galway Town were awarded cup following a meeting of the Connacht Football Association

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