EA Sports Cup 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
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
30/03/’09: Kildrum Tigers 1 - 2 Finn Harps
30/03/’09: Salthill Devon v Mervue United
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
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
04/05/’09: Drogheda United 0 - 2 Sporting Fingal
04/05/’09: Bohemians 4 - 3 Shelbourne (After extra time)
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
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
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
26/09/’09: Waterford United 1 - 3 Bohemians Match Report
Kenny Browne 79 Killian Brennan 8, 30 pen.