EA Sports Cup 2009

EA Sports Cup 2009

EA SPORTSTM - the global gaming giants - were confirmed as the new title sponsor of the League of Ireland Cup which will, from the 2009 season, be known as the EA SPORTS Cup. EA SPORTSTM signed a two-year deal with the Football Association of Ireland.
25th May 2009

The sponsorship of the EA SPORTSTM Cup cements and celebrates EA’s ongoing commitment to Irish football.

For the past two seasons, FIFA, EA’s critically acclaimed and best selling football franchise, has exclusively featured the League of Ireland; an addition to the game that has proved hugely popular both with League of Ireland fans and gamers all over the world, who enjoy the thrill and honour of playing for some of Ireland’s most famous football clubs.

The League of Ireland first featured in FIFA 08, with a selection of the league’s best talent joining forces to launch the videogame, including Pat McCourt, Aidan Price, Kevin Hunt, Owen Heary, Shane Robinson and Alan Murphy.

FIFA 10 will once again feature all ten teams in this season’s League of Ireland Premier Division.

EA SPORTSTM is also the title sponsor of the FAI School’s National Five-A-Side Competition. The tournament is the biggest schools competition in the country with the Provincial Finals taking place in May leading to the National Finals in Leah Park, Tullamore on May 27th.

Welcoming the sponsorship announcement, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said: "I am delighted to welcome EA SPORTS as sponsors of the League of Ireland, and title sponsors of the EA SPORTS Cup.

"Having already announced Newstalk, The Irish Daily Star and eircom as top tier sponsors, as well as Boylesports, Umbro and Lucozade Sports as official partners, this announcement sees further investment into the League of Ireland. EA SPORTS have been great partners for our game at all levels and this announcement takes that relationship one step further."

Dan Holman, Marketing Director of Ireland for EA, commented: "EA is delighted to be teaming up with the FAI as title sponsors of the EA SPORTSTM Cup.

"The sponsorship of the EA SPORTSTM Cup demonstrates our genuine commitment to Irish football.

"The inclusion of the League of Ireland in FIFA 08 and 09, Ireland’s top selling sports videogame of the past two years running, has been a great success. Now, in conjunction with the FAI, we look forward to continuing our commitment to the promotion of the game at all levels, from our grass roots sponsorship of tournaments for school boys and girls to the illustrious EA SPORTSTM Cup."

2009 EA SPORTS Cup

Pool 1
First Round Results
13/04/’09: Limerick 1-1 Wexford Youths
          (Wexford won 5-3 on pens)
14/04/’09: Kerry League 1 - 1 Cork City 
          (Cork won 3-1 after extra time)
13/04/’09: FC Carlow 3-2 Cobh Ramblers

Second Round Draw
04/05/’09: FC Carlow 1 - 3 Waterford United (After extra time)
04/05/’09: Cork City 1 - 1 Wexford Youths (After extra time)
             Wexford Youths won 5 - 4 in a penalty shoot-out

Pool 2
Preliminary Round
30/03/’09: Kildrum Tigers 1 - 2 Finn Harps
30/03/’09: Salthill Devon v Mervue United

First Round
13/04/’09: Galway United 2 - 2 Salthill Devon
                 (Galway won 5-3 on pens)
14/04/’09: Castlebar Celtic 0-4 Finn Harps
     Byes: Derry City & Sligo Rovers

Second Round Draw
04/05/’09: Galway United 1 - 0 Derry City
04/05/’09: Sligo Rovers 4 - 1 Finn Harps

Pool 3
First Round
13/04/’09: Shelbourne 3-0 Dundalk
13/04/’09: Monaghan United 1-2 Sporting Fingal
13/04/’09: Bray Wanderers 0 - 2 Drogheda United
      Bye: Bohemians

Second Round
04/05/’09: Drogheda United 0 - 2 Sporting Fingal
04/05/’09: Bohemians 4 - 3 Shelbourne (After extra time)

Pool 4
First Round
14/04/’09: Athlone Town 3 - 0 Longford Town
13/04/’09: Shamrock Rovers 3-0 Kildare County Match 2
14/04/’09: Tullamore Town 0-2 U.C.D. Match 3
     Bye: St. Patrick’s Athletic

Second Round
04/05/’09: St. Patrick’s Athletic 0 - 1 Shamrock Rovers
05/05/’09: Athlone Town 0 - 1 U.C.D.

EA Sports Cup Quarter-Finals

League champions, Bohemians, brought Wexford Youths exciting run to an end at Ferrycarrig Park where their greater experience and overall strength saw them out-score the First Division side, who were losing finalists twelve months previously.

Wexford Youths, of the First Division, defeated Cork City, of the Premier Division, on their way to last season’s final in which they lost to Derry City.

They defeated Cork again this year in a penalty shoot-out in the second round but were unable to cope with the challenge of Bohemians who welcomed their win after two consecutive League defeats.

Goalkeeper Richard Brush was in sparkling form for Sligo Rovers as they put out another First Division team, Sporting Fingal, at the Morton Stadium.

UCD upset predictions and carried the First Division hopes into the semi-final when they travelled to Terryland Park and defeated Galway United. The dismissal of Garry Breen in the 55th minute did not help Galway’s cause.

Waterford United went into their match against Shamrock Rovers at the RSC with a run of eight League matches unbeaten behind them.

They confirmed their good form with an excellent win, John Kearney firing home the winner with a superb free-kick in the 62nd minute..

EA SPORTS Cup - Results, Quarter Finals:

18/05/’09: Sporting Fingal 0-1 Sligo Rovers
                                          Rafael Cretaro 42

18/05/’09: Galway United 0 - 2 UCD
                                              Chris Mulhall 64
                                              Peter Mahon 85

19/05/’09: Waterford United 2 - 1 Shamrock Rovers
           Willie John Kiely 42           Dessie Baker 45
           John Kearney 62

19/05/’09: Wexford Youths 1 - 2 Bohemians
             Gavin Doyle 90+ pen    Mark Hughes
             Neale Fenn


The Quarter Final ties played on May 18th / 19th.

EA SPORTS Cup - Semi-finals

 03/08/’09: Bohemians  4 - 2  Sligo Rovers AET         Match Report
              Neale Fenn 57      Matthew Blinkhorn 38
             Paul Keegan 90 + 2   Keane pen 60
             Ken Oman 97
            Joseph Ndo 101


04/-8/’09: UCD  1 - 3  Waterford United                   Match Report
          Ronan Finn pen 92   Ken Browne 58
                                         Graham Cummins 64, 86

FINAL

26/09/’09: Waterford United   1 - 3   Bohemians        Match Report
                 Kenny Browne 79           Killian Brennan 8, 30 pen.
                                                        Neale Fenn