Match stats: Rovers v Drogheda
After last week’s 2-0 win against Cork City, Rovers have now won all ten games played this campaign.
That’s the second longest winning streak in the club’s history and just two games short of the overall club record of 12 set in 1936/37.
Rovers have won the last five in-a-row away from home. Making it six would be the first time since 1993-94 when the run had wins over Waterford (2-1), Kilkenny (4-1), Bray (3-0), Home Farm (1-0), Glenmore (2-1) and Waterford 1-0.
That is the club’s longest ever winning run away from home.
Rovers have scored three goals in each of the last four away games. Clean sheets have been kept in seven of nine away games.
Last six games:
19/3/13 LOI Dundalk 1-3 Sligo Rovers (Raffaele Cretaro, Gavin Peers, Anthony Elding)
23/3/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-1 Limerick (Anthony Elding, Jeff Henderson)
29/3/13 LOI Bohemians 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Raffaele Cretaro, Aaron Greene, Anthony Elding)
1/4/13 LOI UCD 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Aaron Greene x2, David Cawley)
6/4/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne (Anthony Elding x2)
13/4/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City (Lee Lynch, Anthony Elding penalty )
Rovers are in the semi-final stage for the fourth year in a row which no team has ever done. Linfield and Drogheda Utd are the only other teams to have reached the semi-finals four times in total.
This will be Rovers 11th semi-final in all competitions since 2009. Rovers reached three in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and another in 2012. It means that Rovers will have made at least the semi-finals in 11 out of the last 13 domestic cup competitions. (FAI Cup, League Cup and Setanta Cup).
Rovers are yet to win a Setanta Cup game against another League of Ireland team from five games. There has only been one draw in those games with Rovers losing the last four in a row.
The full record is:
19/9/09 Group stage Sligo Rovers 2-2 Cork City (Richie Ryan, Dean Marshall)
29/3/10 Semi final St. Patrick’s Athletic 4-1 Sligo Rovers (Mark Donninger)
17/4/10 Semi final Sligo Rovers 1-2 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Conor O’Grady)
11/4/11 Semi final Sligo Rovers 0-2 Shamrock Rovers
19/4/11 Semi final Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle)
Drogheda in the Setanta Cup:
This is their fourth appearance in the competition and the first since 2008. Drogheda are the tournament’s most successful side as the only club to win it twice. They won it in their first appearance in the tournament in 2006.
After finishing as runners-up up to Cork in their group they then beat Linfield in the semi-final before beating the Rebels in the final in Tolka Park with an extra-time goal from Mark Leech.
They successfully defended the trophy the following year this time finishing as runners-up in their group to Linfield and then beating St. Pats in the semi-final. They won the cup by winning a penalty shoot-out against Linfield in Windsor Park. In their last year in the Setanta Cup in 08 they topped their group but got knocked out at the semi-final stage by Glentoran 1-0.
That loss is their only defeat in the cup in the last 18 games. Of the 27 games they have played in the competition they have only lost four times.
Drogheda have played League of Ireland opposition 10 times losing just twice, both were to Cork City.
The Boynesiders have reached this stage by beating Portadown and Derry. They won the first leg against Portadown 3-2 at home after the Northern side had come from two down to level. but they got through comfortably in the end by winning the away leg 5-0.
In the quarter-final against Derry they came from one behind in the first leg away from home to draw 1-1. They again went one down in the second leg but came back to win 2-1. Ryan Brennan’s last minute goal put them through.
Rovers last two away defeats have come in Drogheda, firstly in the EA Sports cup semi-final in August and then in the final away game of last year’s league season. Both were 2-1 and are Rovers only away defeats in 12.
Before that Rovers has been unbeaten in eight games in Hunky Dorys Park.
Both sides have made it to the semi-finals or better every time they have played in the competition.