Match stats: Rovers v Cork
Sligo Rovers have won four of the last five games since losing to Dundalk which is now the only defeat in the last 13 games.
It is 69 away games in the league since Rovers lost a game after scoring the first goal of the game. It was in Bray in June 2009. The only time Rovers conceded first away from home this year was in the defeat to St. Pats.
A win would make it four in-a-row for Rovers, the only other time that was done under Ian Baraclough was on the 10 game winning streak that started the season. The previous time was the final four games of the 2011 season.
It would also make it four away wins in a row, there was five to start the season but the last time it was done before that was at the end of the 2010 season and the first game of 2011.
Danny North made his first start of the season againstShelbourne in the last league game and scored his first of the year against Limerick. He scored the winning goal when Rovers visited Cork last season.
Last six results:
28/5/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-1 Dundalk
1/6/13 FAI Waterford United 0-2 Sligo Rovers (DannyVentre, Anthony Elding)
8/6/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-0 Bohs
15/6/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 5-2 UCD (David Cawley, Aaron Greene, Traynor OG, Kieran Djilali, Joseph Ndo)
28/6/13 LOI Shelbourne 0-2 Sligo Rovers (SeamusConneely. Kieran Djilali)
1/7/13 EA Limerick 0-4 Sligo Rovers (Jeff Henderson, Gavin Peers, Danny North, Evan McMillan)
This will be the 51st league meeting between Sligo Rovers and Cork City(the club that joined the league in 1984). Cork have the superior record with 28 wins to 13 with 9 draws.
In Cork, Rovers have five wins to the 13 of Cork. There have been six draws.
Rovers are unbeaten in the last six games against Cork since losing 3-0 in the Showgrounds in July 2009. In Turner's Cross only one of the last six games have been lost with half of those games ending 0-0.
The Bit o’Red have won only two of the last 12 league games with Cork City.
It is five league games since Cork beat Rovers which is the champions longest unbeaten run against the Leesiders.
Rovers have failed to score in eight of the last 12 league games against Cork giving a total of six goals in that time.
Cork came to the Showgrounds in April with the home side having won all nine games to begin the season. Rovers had the better of the chances early on by City managed to hold out until the 37th minute.
When the goal came it was following a run and cross from the left by Ryan Connolly with his ball coming out to Lee Lynch who smashed in his first league goal of the season. Rovers lead 1-0 at half-time and still lead by the same margin for most of the second half with Cork keeper Mark McNulty making several saves to keep it that way.
With Cork still in with a chance of getting something from the game with just 10 minutes left Rovers eventually sealed the points when Evan McMillan was brought down in the box giving the Bit o’Red a penalty.
Up stepped on fire AnthonyElding and he put the ball home to make it 2-0 and the game would stay that way until full-time making it 10 wins in a row for the table toppers. However that game ended the winning run with the next two games ending in defeat.
Last six meetings:
19/9/09 SSC Sligo Rovers 2-2 Cork City (Richie Ryan, Dean Marshall)
29/9/09 LOI Cork City 0-0 Sligo Rovers
20/4/12 LOI Cork City 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Danny North)
22/7/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-2 Cork City (Mark Quigley x2, 1 penalty)
5/10/12 LOI Cork City 0-0 Sligo Rovers
13/4/13 Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City (Lee Lynch, AnthonyElding penalty)
Opposition: Cork City
Cork have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, their 1-0 home win against Drogheda United. In their last 12 in all competitions the have lost seven times.
Starting with losing to Rovers when the sides last met in April cork have has just three wins from their 12 games played.
Their clean sheet in the win against Drogheda United is their only in 17 league games since keeping one on the opening day of the season in Limerick.
Cork’s last two games have ended in defeat, 3-0 to both UCD and Drogheda United (in the EA Sports cup). The last time they lost three games in a row was in April 2012 which concluded with their 1-0 loss to Sligo Rovers in Turner's Cross.
Their last home win was the 1-0 over Drogheda Utd which ended a run of four consecutive home losses and six games without a win.
Cork’s record in the first half of games is poor, if all games ended at half-time they would be bottom of the league on 14 points.
City haven’t won any of their nine games against team in the top half of the table and have lost six of them.
Season so far:
Cork began the season by travelling to Thomond Park for the first game since their Munster rivals return to the Premier division with the game ending as a scoreless draw. They got their first win of the season next in their first home game against Bohs.
However they only picked up one win from their next seven games with it coming in the victory against UCD again at home. Five of the six other games saw them drop points by conceding in the 89th minute against Derry City, the 90th against Shamrock Rovers, the 88th against Drogheda United, the 90th against Shelbourne and the 90th against Dundalk.
However they turned that around by scoring twice late on in Bray to pick up their third win of the season. After that they lost at home to St. Pats, Limerick, Bray and Shamrock Rovers before eventually beating Drogheda.
Results on the road over the same period have been mixed with a win against Bohs, a draw in Derry and most recently losing to UCD. That leaves them sitting mid-table in seventh position. Their top scorer is Shane Duggan who has scored five times.
Last six results:
20/5/13 EA Wexford Youths 0-4 Cork City (Ian Turner, Shane Duggan, Danny Furlong x2)
24/5/13 LOI Derry City 1-1 Cork City (Daryl Horgan)
9/6/13 LOI Cork City 1-2 Shamrock Rovers (Shane Duggan)
14/6/13 LOI Cork City 1-0 Drogheda United (DarylHorgan)
28/6/13 LOI UCD 3-0 Cork City
1/7/13 EA Drogheda 3-0 Cork City