Match stats: UCD v SRFC
Rovers won last time out 3-0 away to Bohemians. It maintained Rovers 100% start to the season in all competitions with seven wins from seven.
It is already the most wins Rovers have had to start a season in all competitions but is still six games short the record of 11 league wins to a season which was done in the league-winning year of 1936/37.
Seven wins in a row is the best run by the club since winning nine games in a row at the end of 2010 and in the first game of 2011.
The eighth game of that run included a win on penalties against Shamrock Rovers so discounting that Rovers are trying to win eight in-a-row for the first time since winning 12 in a row in 1936/37.
The run in 2010 and 2011 was also the last time rovers won six league games in succession. The last team to win their opening six games in the Premier Division was Derry City in 2006.
Rovers have won four away games in a row, the last time rovers won five in a row was part of a six game winning run in the treble-winning season of 1993/94 with wins against Waterford (Shield final), Kilkenny, Bray Wanderers, Home Farm, Glenmore and Waterford before the run was ended by Finn Harps.
Rovers haven’t won four in a row in the Premier Division since beating Albert Rovers 1-0 in the final away game of 1976/77 and then winning the first three in 1977/78 against Thurles, Home Farm and Cork Celtic.
The club record for away wins to start a league season is five from the 1936/37 season. Rovers have scored 12 goals from the five league games played so far. The last team to score that amount in their first five was Shelbourne in 2002/03 however they only won two of the five games.
Rovers have lost just one out of the last 12 away games in all competitions since losing away to UCD last year. Rovers have kept clean sheets in six of the last eight away games.
Rovers have already recorded half of the amount of away wins as last season in the league with three this year and six in total last year.
Last six games:
8/3/13 LOI Derry City 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Anthony Elding)
11/3/13 SS Cup Glentoran 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Lee Lynch,Raffaele Cretaro, Liam Martin)
16/3/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Bray Wanderers (AnthonyElding x2, Kieran Djilali)
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)
Anthony Elding has scored in the first five league games of the season becoming the first player to do so since Jason Byrne for Shelbourne in 2004.
Aaron Greene got his first goal for the club since scoring in the 7-1 win over Galway United in the Showgrounds on 1/10/11.
Rovers have played UCD 35 times in the premier division with Rovers wining 17 times and UCD 12. In away games though Rovers have five wins to UCD’s eight with five draws as well. In the premier and first divisions UCD lead the overall head-to-head with 19 wins to 17.
They also have 13 home wins to the five away wins recorded by Rovers. UCD were the first team to beat Rovers in the league last year and have won two of the last three home games against Rovers. Its 12 games in this fixture since it ended in a draw and that came in the Showgrounds in June 2008.
Rovers have won five of the last six games against UCD and 10 of the last 12.
Five of the last six games between the sides in UCD have been decided by one goal.
All three of last season games between were won by the home side. Rovers were home first in the first home game of the season. Danny North’s first goal for the club in the first half put Rovers one up and it stayed that way until the very end when UCD equalised in the 90th minute with David O’Connor heading in from a corner that looked like it would give UCD a point.
However Rovers got a corner at the other end and for the second game in a row Jason McGuiness scored a late goal with this one enough to give rovers a first league win of the season.
The next meeting took place in May with Rovers going into it on a three game winning streak. However UCD’s top scorer last year Graham Rusk scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute with Rovers unable to find an equaliser.
The final meeting was back in Sligo on a Monday night in August with this meeting being a more comfortable one for Rovers. It did take 39 minutes for Rovers to take the league with Mark Quigley continuing his good run and his goal being followed up two minutes later by another this time from Pascal Millien. Romuald Boco scored a third with 15 minutes remaining and it would go down as one of the goals of the season after a fantastic team move.
The results of the last six in the league between the clubs are as follows:
20/8/12 Sligo Rovers 3-0 UCD (Mark Quigley, PascalMillien, Romuald Boco)
21/5/12 UCD 1-0 Sligo Rovers 10/3/12 Sligo Rovers 2-1 UCD ( Danny North, JasonMcGuinness)
28/10/11 Sligo Rovers 4-2 UCD ( Matthew Blinkhorn,Raffaele Cretaro, John Dillon, Alan Kirby)
20/8/11 UCD 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle) 18/6/11 Sligo Rovers 4-0 UCD (Raffaele Cretaro x2, EoinDoyle, Daryl Horgan)
UCD have yet to win this season, not including the Leinstersenior Cup, and have lost five of their six games. They have won just once in their last 11 in all competitions. At home they have three wins out of 12 and and lost five of 11.
Since their 1-0 win over Rovers in May last year they have kept one clean sheet in their last 26 games, that being in the 1-0 home win against Drogheda. Story so far: UCD’s campaign kicked-off in the Leinster Senior Cup where they beat Bohemians.
This was despite conceding a late equaliser to force extra-time. There a last-minute own goal byCiaran Nangle, who was making his Bohs debut after a close season switch from UCD, was enough to see UCD through.
Their league campaign began against the same opposition but this time the score was reversed. A penalty from another signing from UCD Chris Lyons put Bohs in front and despite getting back into it through a David McMillan spot-kick the game was won for Bohs by Sligo-born winger Kevin Devaneyin the second half.
The final in the trilogy of games againstBohs all at Dalymount Park would be played in the EA Sports Cup just three days later.
After going two up with both goals being scored by Dinny Corcaran who had been with Bohs in2012.
However Bohs got back into it with a last minute goal forcing extra-time again.
Once more a penalty was decisive with Lyons again proving to be the scourge of his old team. Their first home game of the season was against Derry and it was a disastrous night going 3-0 down at half-time before eventually losing 6-0 and having David O’Connor sent off.
They then lost on the road 3-1 to Limerick with Gary Burke’s goal only a consolation before losing a closer game 2-1 at home to UCD. They were 2-0 down by the time Gareth Matthews got one back.
They got their first league point on Friday with a 2-2 draw away to Bray. After going 1-0 behind to an early goal David McMillan scored twice to put them in front before a late equaliser denied them the win.
Last six results:
8/3/13 LOI Bohemians 2-1 UCD (David McMillan)
11/3/13 EA Bohemians 3-2 UCD (Dinny Corcoran x2)
15/3/13 LOI UCD 0-6 Derry City
19/3/13 LOI Limerick 3-1 UCD (Gary Burke)
23/3/13 LOI UCD 1-2 Dundalk (Gareth Matthews)
29/3/13 LOI Bray Wanderers 2-2 UCD (David McMillan x2)