Match day Stats: Rovers v Glentoran
Sligo Rovers in the Setanta Sports Cup
This will be Rovers fourth consecutive appearance in the competition. The first appearance seen Rovers top their group, which contained Cliftonville and Cork City, before being knocked out in the semi-finals by St. Patrick's Athletic 6-2 on aggregate. Rovers entered the following season at the quarter-final stage where a 3-0 home win and a 2-0 away win over Portadown seen Rovers through to the semi-finals where they would lose to eventual winners Shamrock Rovers 4-1 on aggregate.
Last season saw Rovers lose at the semi-final stage for the third consecutive season but for the first time at the hands of Irish league opposition. After getting past Glentoran it was another Belfast side in Crusaders to knock Rovers out. After losing the first leg away from home 2-0 Rovers fought back at home to force extra-time by leading 2-0 after 90 minutes with goals from Rommy Boco and Mark Quigley. But in extra-time a Colin Coates penalty put Crusaders through to the final which they would go on to win.
Four players have scored twice for Rovers in the competition to be top scorers, they are: Dean Marshall, Rob Turner, Rommy Boco and Mark Quigley.
After missing Rovers first two games in the competition Gavin Peers has played in the last 11 in it to make him joint-highest appearance maker with Alan Keane.
Joseph Ndo has made more appearances in the Setanta Sports cup than any other player in the squad with 20. He played for Bohs in the group stages of the 2009-10 campaign in which they were victorious but had already left to join Rovers by the time the final was played. He did appear in the inaugural final in 2005 as a sub for Shelbourne as they lost 2-0 to Linfield.
Raffaele Cretaro and Aaron Greene are therefore the only players to have played in and won a final, doing so with Bohs in 2009/10.
Rovers have played eight games against Irish League teams and the record is: Won 6, Drew 1 and Lost 1
Rovers have won all four games played against Irish league sides in the Showgrounds against Cliftonville, Portadown, Glentoran and Crusaders by an aggregate score of 10-1 with the only goal conceded coming from the penalty spot in extra-time of the fourth game.
This will be the second time Rovers first game of the season has been a Setanta Sports Cup fixture. The other time was 2010 on 27th of February when Rovers beat Cliftonville 3-0 in the Showgrounds with goals from Danny Ventre, Eoin Doyle and Padraig Amond.
19/9/09 Sligo Rovers 2-2 Cork City (Richie Ryan, Dean Marshall)
3/10/09 Cliftonville 2-3 Sligo Rovers (Rob Turner x2, Dean Marshall)
27/2/10 Sligo Rovers 3-0 Cliftonville (Danny Ventre, Eoin Doyle, Padraig Amond)
13/4/10 St. Patrick’s Ath 4-1 Sligo Rovers (Mark Donninger)
17/4/10 Sligo Rovers 1-2 St. Patrick’s Ath (Conor O’Grady)
28/3/11 Sligo Rovers 3-0 Portadown (John Dillon, John Russell, Raffaele Cretaro)
4/4/11 Portadown 0-2 Sligo Rovers (Daryl Horgan, Joseph Ndo)
11/4/11 Sligo Rovers 0-2 Shamrock Rovers
19/4/11 Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle)
5/3/12 Sligo Rovers 2-0 Glentoran (Romuald Boco, Mark Quigley)
20/3/12 Glentoran 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Danny North(pen))
16/4/12 Crusaders 2-0 Sligo Rovers
23/4/12 Sligo Rovers 2-1 Crusaders (AET) (Romuald Boco, Mark Quigley)
Tonight's opposition: Glentoran
Glentoran played in the competition’s first ever game beating Longford 2-1 in the Oval on 15/03/2005 a game in which ex-Rovers striker Stephen Parkhouse was on the scoresheet for Glentoran. They are, along with Linfield, the only side to have played in every edition of the competition. With a total of 38 they have played more games in the competition than any other side. Michael Halliday is their top scorer in the competition with five goals.
Glentoran have played 26 games against LOI teams in the competition and their record is: Won 8, Drew 6 and Lost 12.Out of away games played against LOI sides they have just three wins from 14 played losing half of those. Their best performance in this competition was when finishing as runners-up to Cork City by 2-1 in the 2008 final. Their entire record is as follows:
2005: Group stages
2006: Group stages
2007: Group stages
2009-10: Group stages
They currently lie in fourth position in the IFA Premiership after finishing sixth last year. That was their worst finish since the 1993/94 season. This qualified them for this year’s competition which they entered at the first round stage where they faced St. Pats. After a scoreless draw in Dublin in the first leg they advanced by one goal to nil with Martin Murray’s second half goal in the second leg at the Oval. Their top scorer is Andrew Waterworth who has 16 goals in 31 games. Their last game was in the Irish Cup against Knockbreda and it resulted in a 3-1 win to put them into the semi-finals. They have won their last four games in a row and are unbeaten in eight.
The most notable player to play for both sides is Alan Paterson. After starting his career with Glentoran he joined Rovers in 1975 and made 177 appearances in five seasons before returning to play for Glentoran again and staying for a further 15 seasons before retiring.
During his time with Rovers he helped us to win the league title in 1976/77. While at Glentoran he notably scored the winning goal in the 1988-89 League Cup final with a long kick-out.
The two sides first meeting in this competition was last season with Rovers winning 3-1 on aggregate. The first leg was Ian Baraclough’s first game in the Showgrounds with Rovers winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Romuald Boco and Mark Quigley. The second leg finished 1-1 with a late penalty from Danny North equalising Sean Ward’s goal to send Rovers through.
The only meeting between the sides previous to that was inJuly 1980 in the First Round of the Tyler Cup which Rovers won 3-1 in Belfast with two goals from Brendan Bradley and one from John Skeffington.
26/7/80 Glentoran 1-3 Sligo Rovers (Brendan Bradley x2, John Skeffington)
5/3/12 Sligo Rovers 2-0 Glentoran (Romuald Boco, Mark Quigley)
20/3/12 Glentoran 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Danny North(pen))
If he plays Gavin Peers will be making his 250th Sligo Rovers appearance. Only 14 players in the clubs history have made more (Tony Fagan, Tony Stenson, Johnny Armstrong, Raffaele Cretaro, Gavin Dykes, Harry McLoughlin, David Pugh, Martin McDonnell, Chris Rutherford, Conor O’Grady, Gerry Mitchell, Paul Fielding, Mike Savage and Padraig Moran). He made his debut on 18/3/06 against Bohemians in the Showgrounds.
Iarfhalith Davoren can make his 100th appearance and would join Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Danny Ventre, Joseph Ndo and Raffaele Cretaro as players at the club to have done so. He made his debut in the Setanta Cup at home to Cliftonville on 27/2/10. His only goal to date was in the 2011 FAI Cup final.
Aaron Greene can make his 50th Rovers appearance as he starts his second spell with the club.
New Players for Sligo Rovers this season:
McMillan has played for three sides during his six years in the League of Ireland. He started at UCD where he played for four years. He established himself as a regular in 2009 as they won promotion to the Premier Division with Evan being named as Player of the Year. He stayed with the students for another year before moving to St. Pats. He scored two goals for them in their European run and was again named Player of the Year. After one season he moved to Bohemians where he enjoyed a successful goalscoring season finishing as their top scorer with nine goals from 36 games. He has made a total of 188 career appearances scoring 24 goals.
Greene is starting his second spell with the club. He started out with Galway United in 2009 where five goals in 15 games earned him a move to Bohemians. He scored just three times there but helped them to win the Setanta Sports Cup starting in the final against St. Pats. From there he moved to join Rovers where he won more silverware this time the FAI Cup playing the full 120 minutes in the win over Shelbourne in the final. He made a total of 49 appearances during the season missing just two games, no player has ever played more times in a single season than Greene’s 49. That included 35 league appearances which is a record he holds with Eoin Doyle who also made 35 apps in 2010. He scored a total of six goals that time including the winner on his debut against Derry City. He joined Shamrock Rovers last season and scored the winning goal for them in the Leinster Senior Cup final.
lding has played for eight different clubs in England (Boston United, Stevenage, Kettering, Stockport, Leeds, Crewe, Rochdale and Grimsby) with loan spells at five others (Bedford, Gainsborough, Lincoln, Stockport and Preston) as well as a season in Hungry with Ferencvaros since making his debut in 2000. During his career he has scored a total of 133 goals from 424 games with 121 of those goals being in the league from 385 apps. His most successful time came at Stevenage where he scored 54 goals from 118 games over four years while with Stockport he netted 36 goals in 52 games.
McMillan and Elding will be hoping to score if they make their Rovers debut tonight. The last five players to do so were Aaron Greene v Derry on 4/3/11, Daryl Horgan v Portadown on 4/4/11, Padraig Amond v Cliftonville on 27/2/10, Eoin Doyle v St. Pats on 26/7/09 and Stephen Parkhouse v Cork on 7/3/09.
Rovers finished the 2012 with back-to-back defeats against Drogheda and Shamrock Rovers, the last time Rovers lost three in a row was in April 2010 with two of those games being in the Setanta Cup.
The defeat to Shamrock Rovers was the first in 11 home games and the only loss at home in the league. It also broke a run of six consecutive home wins and 27 games in which Rovers had scored at home.
The last time Rovers lost consecutive home games was in August 2011 in losing 2-0 to Vorskla Poltava and 2-1 to Bohemians. The last time Rovers failed to score in back-to-back games in the Showgrounds also included the loss to Vorskla Poltava and the 0-0 with St. Pats the week before.
Rovers have played six pres-season friendlies winning five and drawing one. Of the two played at home there has been one win and a draw. A total of 23 goals were scored by 11 different players with just two conceded.
Liam Martin has been top scorer with six goals from the five games he has appeared in including a hat-trick in the most recent friendly against Castlebar Celtic where all of his goals came in the second half.
The full record has been as follows:
30/1/13 Sligo Leitrim 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Conor Fitzpatrick, Liam Martin, Aaron Greene)
2/2/13 Salthill Devon 0-5 Sligo Rovers (Pascal Millien, Raffaele Cretaro, Liam Martin(2), Miguel Herlein)
9/2/13 Jersey 0-4 Sligo Rovers (Raffaele Cretaro, Ryan Connolly, Aaron Greene, Raffaele Cretaro)
16/2/13 Sligo Rovers 1-1 Finn Harps (Ross Gaynor)
18/2/13 Sligo Rovers 3-1 Ballinamallard Utd (Raffaele Cretaro, Seamus Conneely, David Cawley)
27/2/13 Castlebar Celtic 0-7 Sligo Rovers (Anthony Elding, David Cawley, Ryan Connolly, Liam Martin (3), Raffaele Cretaro)
Of the 70 opening day fixtures played by Rovers there have been 25 wins, 17 draws and 28 defeats. There has been only one opening day defeat in the last eight years which was 3-1 against St. Pats in 2008.
Rovers opening game of the season has been in the Showgrounds on 33 occasions and from those Rovers have 17 wins, 7 draws and 9 losses.
Rovers record in the first home game of the season is 32 wins, 18 draws and 20 defeats.
Last year’s opening game of the season saw Rovers get a 1-1 draw in a league game with Shelbourne in Tolka Park.
Rovers best ever result in the first game of a season was on 25/8/35 when beating Bray Unknowns 8-2 in the Shield atthe Showgrounds which included a hat-trick from Harry O’Neill.
The worst ever first day result was a 9-1 loss to Dundalk away from home in the City Cup on 17/8/58.
The last 10 opening fixtures have been as follows:
12/4/03 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-1 Limerick (Paul McTiernan, John Gaffney)
18/3/04 LOI Dundalk 1-0 Sligo Rovers
19/3/05 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-1 Kildare County (Michael McNamara x2)
18/3/06 LOI Sligo Rovers 1-0 Bohemians (Adam Hughes)
9/3/07 LOI Galway United 0-2 Sligo Rovers (Gary Curran, Jason McCartney)
7/3/08 LOI St. Patricks Athletic 3-1 Sligo Rovers (Jamie McKenzie)
7/3/09 LOI Sligo Rovers 1-1 Cork City (Stephen Parkhouse)
27/2/10 SS Cup Sligo Rovers 3-0 Cliftonville (Danny Ventre, Eoin Doyle, Padraig Amond)
4/3/11 LOI Derry City 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Aaron Greene)
2/3/12 LOI Shelbourne 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Jason McGuinness)