Match stats: Bohs v Rovers

Rovers are currently on their best ever start to a season in all competitions by winning the first six games.

The spell of six consecutive wins is the best run under Ian Baraclough, with the last time this was achieved coming in 2011.

The last time Rovers won seven games in a row was as part of a nine-game winning run to end the 2010 season which was ended by a 1-0 defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers in the second game of the 2011 season.

That run also contained four consecutive away wins which Rovers will be looking to do for the first time since.

The four wins from four in the league make it the best start for 77 years. The last team to begin a league season with five wins was St.Pats in 2007.

Rovers began last season by going nine unbeaten until the first loss which came against Crusaders in the Setanta Cup. That is the clubs longest ever unbeaten start to a season in all competitions.

Rovers record in games played in Dublin last year was one win (against Shelbourne on the final visit), one defeat and four draws.

Rovers have picked up 12 points so far in the month of March, the last time Rovers gained 15 points in a calendar month was in October 2010

Last six games:

4/3/13  SS Cup  Sligo Rovers  5-0  Glentoran  (Lee Lynch x2, Anthony Elding, Ryan Connolly, Evan McMillan)

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  (Anthony Elding 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)

Last game: Limerick

Rovers came from behind to beat Limerick 2-1. It was the first time Rovers came from behind to win a league game in the Showgrounds since October 2010 when coming from one down to beat Bray.

Anthony Elding has scored in all four league games to start the season making his the first player in the history of the club to do so. He also kept up his record of scoring in every game for the club he has played in so far as he also scored in his only Setanta cup appearance against Glentoran.

The winner was scored by Jeff Henderson for his first goal for the club in his 10th game for the club. He became the ninth player to score so far this season for Rovers.

Head-to-head

This will be the 140th meeting of the sides. Bohs have more wins with 64 to Rovers 43 and there has been 32 draws. At Dalymount Park Rovers have 16 wins compared to 37 by the home side with 16 draws.

Rovers have won three of the last five visits to Dalymount Park with the other two games being scoreless draws. The first of those wins was the 1-0 win in the 2010 FAI Cup semi-final and that ended a run of nine games without a win there which had stretched back to a June 2006 win in which Paul McTiernan scored twice in a 2-0 win.

In the last ten league visits Rovers have made to Dalymount they have failed to score in eight of them.

Rovers haven’t conceded on the last five visits since Keegan and Oman scored in a 2-0 win for Bohs in July 2010. Rovers have conceded in every other Premier Division ground that has been visited more than once since that game. In total Rovers have kept clean sheets in seven of the last nine games away to Bohs.

Bohs scored a late consolation in the last game between the sides which Rovers won 3-1 and that was their first goal against Rovers in 459 minutes of play.

Rovers played Bohs on Good Friday in 2011 in the Showgrounds with Bohs coming from behind to win 2-1 while Bohs also won by the same margin when they visited in 2008.

Rovers last visit to Dalymount on Good Friday was in 2007 when Bohs won 1-0. Aside from those losses Rovers have recorded wins over Bray and Derry as well as a draw with Drogheda on games played on Good Friday since returning to the Premier Division.

Two of Lee Lynch’s three league goals for Rovers have come against Bohs.

In the last nine league games played between the sides there have been have been thee wins each as well as three draws. Half of those six combined victories have been recorded by the home team with three from the away side.

The results of the last six in the league between the clubs are as follows:

3/9/12  Sligo Rovers  3-1  Bohemians  (Mark Quigley, Raffaele Cretaro, Lee Lynch)

1/6/12  Bohemians  0-0  Sligo Rovers

16/3/12  Sligo Rovers  1-0  Bohemians  ( Lee Lynch)

21/10/11  Bohemians  0-3  Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle x2, Matthew Blinkhorn)

13/8/11  Sligo Rovers  1-2  Bohemians  (Gavin Peers)

10/6/11  Bohemians  0-0  Sligo Rovers

Last season:

Rovers picked up seven points from the three games last year the best since taking nine from the three games in 2006. The first game in the Showgrounds was Rovers second home game of the season and was a close affair. The deadlock wasn’t broken until 15 minutes from time when Lee Lynch struck  to get his first goal since joining the club after a free-kick from former Bohs man Joseph Ndo. That result meant that Bohs had began their season with four consecutive defeats.

The next game played at Dalymount Park would be the final game before the mid-season break with Rovers going into it on the back of two defeats. The first of those was the first of those was the first league defeat of the season at UCD which was followed by Monaghan knocking Rovers out of the FAI Cup they were defending 3-1 in the Showgrounds.

The game again would prove tight with this time Rovers unable to find a way through. Rovers had Jason McGuinness sent off for a second yellow with 10 minutes left. That meant Jake Dykes coming on and playing in a back four already without the suspended Alan Keane.

The final meeting of the sides took place in September as Rovers began to close in on the league title. This time the game was much more comfortable with Rovers going in at half-time 3-0 up and Bohs only getting a late consolation to make it 3-1.

Rovers took the lead on 12 minutes through a header from Mark Quigley. The lead was doubled by another ex-Bohs player with Raf Cretaro finding the net with the points being all but secured just before half-time with Lee Lynch making it 3-0. A late consolation was scored by Pender but it wouldn’t be enough to stop Rovers taking another three points on the way to the league title.

Players:

One of Rovers new signings this year came from Bohs in the shape of Evan McMillan who was top scorer at the Dublin club in his only season with them last year. He joins Joseph Ndo, Aaron Greene and Raf Cretaro as Rovers players who have previously played with Bohs.

All three won silverware there during their single seasons at Dalymount Park with Ndo winning the league and league cup under Pat Fenlon in 2009 before departing for Rovers while Greene and Cretaro were both part of the Setanta Cup winning squad of 2010.

Bohs have an ex-Rovers player in local winger Kevin Devaney who joined them last year. Most of his time with Rovers was spent playing with the A team but he did make a first team appearance in 2011 as a sub against UCD.

After a short stay with Finn Harps he signed for Bohs last year and scored the only goal of the game to beat Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght. He started this season well by scoring on the opening day against UCD.

Famous meeting

15/10/2010, FAI Cup Semi-final, Dalymount Park, Bohemians 0-1 Sligo Rovers

On a Friday night in Dublin Rovers faced Bohemians for the first of what would be two consecutive FAI Cup semi-finals in the capital. Rovers were looking to get to a second successive Cup final to make up for losing in the previous year’s final to Sporting Fingal but went into this game as underdogs against a Bohs side fighting a close battle against Shamrock Rovers as they sought a third league title in a row.

However Rovers would upset the odds and dominated the game from the early stages in front of one of the largest away supports in many years. However despite Rovers being on top and going close to taking the lead on several occasions the goal was proving elusive.

Rovers patience would be rewarded with 15 minutes remaining. The goal came from a corner taken from the right hand side by captain Richie Ryan which was met by the head of centre-back Gavin Peers who sent the ball into the back of the net. Rovers held on until the end to take the win and went on to win the cup final also.

Bohemians:

Bohs have won just three of their last 15 games in the league. At Dalymount Park it’s just one win from seven and two of eleven. In all competitions at home they have won just three out of 16 played.

However last season only the top four sides in the league conceded fewer goals at home. They had the second fewest amount of home goals scored behind Dundalk with 16, the same amount of goals that Rovers scored away from home.

Their top scorer last year was Evan McMillan who scored nine goals in all competitions but he has now joined Rovers and continued his good goalscoring record by scoring on his debut against Glentoran.

Story so far:

Bohs campaign kick-off in the Leinster Senior Cup where they fell at the first hurdle. This was despite scoring a late equaliser against UCD to force extra-time where a last-minute own goal by Ciaran 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 them in front and despite being pegged back after the concession of a spot-kick the game was won by Sligo-born winger Kevin Devaney in the second half.

The final in the trilogy of games against UCD all at Dalymount Park would be played in the EA Sports Cup just three days later.

After going two down, with the second to another penalty, to goals from Dinny Corcaran who had been with Bohs in 2012 David Scully got them back into it before another dramatic finish with Karl Moore’s stoppage time goal forcing extra-time again. Once more a penalty was decisive with Lyons again proving to be the scourge of his old team.

Back to league action Bohs travelled to Cork and took the lead through veteran Owen Heary before Cork hit back with two second half goals to take the points. Their last game was the Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers in Dalymount Park. Despite shams going down to 10 mean Bohs coulnd’t break them down and the game finished scoreless. With their game against St. Pats being postponed they currently lie in 7th position on four points.

Results:

24/2/13  LSC  Bohemians  1-2  UCD  (Dave Scully)

8/3/13  LOI  Bohemians  2-1  UCD (Chris Lyons penalty, Kevin Devaney)

11/3/13  EA  Bohemians  3-2  UCD (Dave Scully, Karl Moore, Chris Lyons(p))

15/3/13  LOI  Cork City  2-1  Bohemians (Owen Heary)

18/3/13  LOI  Bohemians  0-0  Shamrock Rovers

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