2008 Setanta Sports Cup

The 2008 Setanta Sports Cup was the 4th staging of the cross-border cup competition featuring football clubs from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The final was played on November 1, 2008 at Turners Cross in Cork.

Group stage

:''The draw for this round was held 17 January 2008. The matches were played 26 February 2008 – 23 September 2008.

Teams that progressed to the Semi-Finals are indicated in bold type.

Teams eliminated from the Setanta Sports Cup this stage are indicated in italics.

Group 1


Group 2



The draw for the semi-finals was made by drawing the winners of Group A against the runners-up of Group 2 and vice versa, with group winners having home advantage. Glentoran beat Drogheda United 1-0 in the first semi-final, which was played at United Park in Drogheda, while Cork City overcame Derry City by the same scoreline at the Brandywell Stadium in Derry.----


The final took place on November 1, 2008 at Turners Cross stadium in front of 5,500, a sell out crowd, in Cork, where Cork City came from behind to beat Glentoran 2-1 and win the competition for the first time.


;4 goals
  • Mark Farren (Derry City)
  • Éamon Zayed (Drogheda United)

    ;3 goals
  • Denis Behan (Cork City)
  • Daryl Fordyce (Glentoran)
  • Michael Halliday (Glentoran)
  • Gary O'Neill (St Patrick's Athletic)

    ;2 goals
  • Darren Boyce (Glentoran)
  • Keith Fahey (St Patrick's Athletic)
  • Rory Hamill (Cliftonville)

  • Adam Hughes (Drogheda United)
  • Ciarán Martyn (Derry City)
  • Paul McAreavey (Linfield)

  • Darren Murphy (Cork City)
  • Colin Nixon (Glentoran)
  • George O'Callaghan (Cork City);1 goal
  • Timmy Adamson (Dungannon Swifts)
  • Aaron Baker (Dungannon Swifts)
  • Richie Baker (Drogheda United)
  • Killian Brennan (Derry City)
  • Ollie Cahill (Drogheda United)
  • Mark Dickson (Linfield)
  • Glenn Ferguson (Linfield)
  • Grant Gardiner (Glentoran)
  • Robert Garrett (Linfield)
  • Graham Gartland (Drogheda United)
  • Tony Grant (Drogheda United)

  • Ruaidhri Higgins (Derry City)
  • Jason Hill (Glentoran)
  • Mark Holland (Cliftonville)
  • Liam Kearney (Cork City)
  • Timmy Kiely (Cork City)
  • Shea McGerrigan (Dungannon Swifts)
  • Kevin McHugh (Derry City)
  • George McMullan (Cliftonville)
  • Dave Mooney (Cork City)
  • Jamie Mulgrew (Linfield)

  • Francis Murphy (Cliftonville)
  • Dan Murray (Cork City)
  • Declan O'Brien (Drogheda United)
  • John O'Flynn (Cork City)
  • Mark Patterson (Cliftonville)
  • Mark Quigley (St Patrick's Athletic)
  • Darragh Ryan (Cork City)
  • Conor Sammon (Derry City)
  • John Tambouras (Drogheda United)
  • Peter Thompson (Linfield);1 own goal
  • Clive Delaney (Derry City)
  • Adam McMinn (Dungannon Swifts)