Match stats: Bray v Rovers

Sligo Rovers ended their longest winless run in the league under Ian Baraclough on Monday with a 3-0 win over Derry to return to the top of the table.

Rovers have only lost one out of the last 24 away league games played outside of Dublin, that was the defeat in Drogheda in the second last game of 2012 after Rovers had already the league title wrapped up.
 
Rovers have failed to win in the last three away games in all competitions. There was a run of four without a win last year in the last four away games which included a scoreless draw in the Carlisle Grounds. 
 
The win against Derry means that Rovers now have the league’s tightest defence conceding just seven goals. Bray have the worst having conceded four times as many with 28.
 
It was also the first matches in the second series of the league. Last year the second series saw Rovers pick up the fewest points out of the three sets with 17 compared to 24 in the first and 20 in the third.
 
Ross Gaynor came make his 50th appearance for the club against Bray. He has a career total of 177 games played for all of his clubs. Last time out against Derry he scored his first league goal for the club from the penalty spot.
 
He had scored 18 times in his 106 league appearances before joining Rovers. His only previous goal for Rovers was in the 3-1 EA Sports Cup win against Monaghan United in the Showgrounds last season.

 

 

 

 

Monday’s goal for David Cawley means he has already surpassed his league tally from last season. He has three so far compared to two last season.
 
Lee Lynch’s goal took him to five in all competitions which is one more than the four he managed last year.
 
Gary Rogers can make the 450th appearance of his career. That stretches over 14 seasons playing in the league with Rovers being his seventh club.
 
Last six games:
16/4/13  SSC  Drogheda Utd   2-0  Sligo Rovers
19/4/13  LOI  St. Pats  2-0  Sligo Rovers
22/4/13  SSC  Sligo Rovers  1-0  Drogheda Utd  (David Cawley)
27/4/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  2-2  Drogheda Utd  (Anthony Elding, Aaron Greene)
3/5/13  LOI  Shamrock Rovers  1-1  Sligo Rovers  (David Cawley)
6/5/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  3-0  Derry City  (Lee Lynch, David Cawley, Ross Gaynor penalty)
 
 
Head-to-head:
 
This will be the 42nd meeting of the sides in the top division with Rovers winning twice as many times, 20 to 10.
 
Rovers just have the edge in games played in the Carlisle Grounds winning seven times to the home teams six. There have been eight draws.
 
Rovers are unbeaten in the last 14 games against Bray which is our longest unbeaten run against any team in the division. Bray’s last win came on June 2nd 2009 with a 3-1 win in the Carlisle Grounds despite Raffaele Cretaro putting Rovers in front.
 
The only players in that Bray team still with the club are David Webster and Daire Doyle. Going back slightly further Rovers have lost just one of the last 18 against the Seagulls.
 
Ten of the 14 game unbeaten streak have ended in wins for Rovers including five of the last seven.
 
Bray have scored just three goals in the last eight fixtures against Rovers.
 
Two of the last four meetings between the sides in Bray have finished scoreless.
 
Raff Cretaro has scored eight times in his last 11 starts against Bray. He remains just one goal short of reaching 50 league goals for Rovers.

 

 

 

Previous meetings:

 

Last six:

1/7/11  LOI  Bray Wanderers  0-3  Sligo Rovers  (Matthew Blinkhorn x 2, Eoin Doyle)

12/9/11  LOI  Sligo Rovers  3-1  Bray Wanderers  (Danny Ventre, John Russell, Alan Keane)

6/4/12  LOI  Bray Wanderers  1-2  Sligo Rovers  (Raf Cretaro, Danny North)

7/7/12  LOI  Sligo Rovers  1-1  Bray Wanderers  (Alan Keane)

21/9/12  LOI  Bray Wanderers  0-0  Sligo Rovers  

16/3/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  3-0  Bray Wanderers  (Anthony Elding x 2, Kieran Djilali)

 

The last game between the sides was the first home game of the season for Rovers and they would get their Showgrounds campaign off to the perfect start.

 

Bray did keep Rovers at bay for the first 39 minutes but eventually Anthony Elding made the breakthrough by heading in Lee Lynch’s cross to continue his spectacular start with his new club.

 

Bray stayed in the game however and it wasn’t until the final few minutes that Rovers secured the win when once again Anthony Elding put a header home.

 

 

Minutes later Kieran Djilali, who had earlier come off the bench to make his Showgrounds debut, smashed in the ball to put the seal on the victory. It’s his only goal so far for the club.

 

Rovers last visit to the Carlisle Grounds came in late September as Ian Baraclough's team closed in on a first league title for 35 years. Rovers were on top for much of the game and had chances to take the lead but couldn’t find the goal they needed.

 

Bray also had their chances with Gary Rogers having to make some good saves to keep them out with the game ended with the points shared.

 

Opposition:

 

Bray won their last game against Shelbourne which ended a run of seven losses in-a-row. That had been their worst run since losing nine times in succession in July, August and September of 2006. That run of nine games started with a defeat to Sligo Rovers.

 

They were also on a 10-game winless streak which started with their defeat at the hands of Rovers and that was their longest run without a win since going 15 winless games from October 2009 to April 2010. That run also began with them losing a game in the Showgrounds.

 

The win over Shels at home on the opening day of the season is their only at the Carlisle Grounds in the last 15 played in a run stretching back almost a year to their penultimate home win against UCD on June 1st of last year. Of those 15 games 10 have ended in defeat though one of the games they did get a point from was against Sligo Rovers.

 

The Seagulls have the league’s worst defence having conceded 28 goals so far while they have scored the fewest home goals with just four from their six games. Their clean sheet in the opening day win against Shelbourne is their only in the last 15 games.

 

Season so far

 

Bray Wanderers began their season with a home game against Shelbourne. They won this 1-0 thanks to a goal from veteran frontman Jason Byrne. However they then went on a run of ten games without recording a win until they came up against Shelbourne again last time out. Following the win against Rovers where they were comfortably beaten and following this they lost again this time in Drogheda despite going in front again through Byrne.

 

That was followed by a high-scoring home draw with fellow strugglers UCD where once again Byrne had given them the lead. That would be the last point they would gain for a while however as they went on a run of seven consecutive defeats.

 

After losing in Derry they fell by just one goal at the hands of St.Pats before suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Shamrock rovers by 7-0. Things didn’t improve a lot the following week as they were beaten by Limerick by a margin of four.

 

They got their first goal in five games when facing Bohs in Dalymount Park but they were still defeated 3-2. That was followed by two more one goal defeats firstly by Cork and then Dundalk. In the cork game they held the lead until the 87th minute before two quick goals gave Cork all three points.

 

The run was finally ended when the visited Tolka Park on Monday. Despite again seeing their one goal lead cancelled out a goal from John Mulroy 15 minutes from time got the victory which leaves them sitting in 11th spot just one point ahead of Shelbourne at the foot of the table.

 

Top scorers thus far are Jason Byrne and John Mulroy who have both netted three times thus far.

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