2013 FAI Cup Win - #ArisetotheAviva

Dramatic FAI Cup wins and Sligo Rovers go hand-in-hand and Sunday 3 November 2013 brought another memorable day for the Bit o' Red. 

Victories over Waterford United, Cork City, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers saw Rovers reach the decider for the fourth time in fifth seasons. 

Drogheda United were the opponents, Mick Cooke's side had already reached two Cup finals in the campaign and were looking to finally come out on top in a decider.

The Boynesiders took the lead from new Rovers signing Paul O'Conor and led until the final 15 minutes of the game.

A brace from substitute Danny North put Rovers into the lead before Ryan Brennan equalised during eight minutes of injury-time.

However, there was still time for the defiant and brave Bit o' Red to grab a winner.

In the now legendary description from RTÉ commentator George Hamilton as Kieran Djilali ran down the right wing, crossed to North who teed up Anthony Elding.


It proved enough for Rovers to claim the FAI Cup for a fifth time. Incredibly, Rovers have won the Cup more times in the last four season than in the previous 82 years of our existence.

The next day manager Ian Baraclough and his team brought the Cup over the Shannon for a triumphant return to Sligo as the love affair between the club and the famous competition continued with a fifth victory.