Match stats: Rovers v Derry
Following Friday’s 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers the Bit o’ Red are now three league games without a win since beating Cork City in The Showgrounds.
That’s the first time under the management of Ian Baraclough that Rovers have went three league games without a win.
The last time Rovers went three without a win on the league was in July/August 2011 with a draw against St.Pats, a draw with Dundalk and a defeat to Bohs. The last time Rovers went four without a league win was part of a five game winless run in April and May of 2010. That included a defeat to St.Pats, a draw with Shamrock Rovers, a defeat to Sporting Fingal, a draw with Galway and finally another defeat against Bohs.
The last time Rovers drew back-to-back league games was part of the previous three game winless run mentioned above with the draws against Pats and Dundalk in 2011. Drawing a third game in-a-row would be a first since March/April 2010 when Rovers drew 0-0 away to Bohs and then 2-2 both at away to Drogheda and home to Dundalk.
Friday saw Rovers knocked off the top of the table by opponents Derry City following their win against Limerick. Rovers had been top since beating Bray in the second week of the season and held top spot for a total of 48 days. Rovers spent a total of 203 days on top of the table last season by not losing the position after going top on 6/4/12 with a win in Bray.
It’s 32 Showgrounds league games since Rovers lost to a team from outside Dublin and that loss was against Derry on 11/8/09 by 4-0.
Rovers have won the last 12 home games played on a Monday. That run started with a 3-0 win against Derry on the May Bank Holiday in 2011. Rovers have scored a total of 30 goals in those games conceding only three.
This will be the first of the second series of games. Here’s a look at how Rovers have fared after the first series of games in each of the eight seasons since returning to the Premier division in 2006 (note in some seasons there have been nine games in each series due to there being a ten team league).
Last six games:
13/4/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Cork City (Lee Lynch, Anthony Elding pen )
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 (DavidCawley)
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)
Having made his 50th appearance for Rovers in all competitions on Friday Lee Lynch can make the 50th league appearance of his career overall which includes making 12 apps for Drogheda before moving to Rovers where he has made 37 to date. He has five goals to his name, four of which have been for Rovers, with one coming against Derry.
The goalscorer from Friday’s game David Cawley can make his 50th appearance for the club against Derry City. The Ballina man has made 37 of those appearances in the league and has a total of five goals for the club which have come in the following games:
12/5/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Shamrock Rovers
13/7/13 LOI Derry City 1-2 Sligo Rovers
1/4/13 LOI UCD 0-3 Sligo Rovers
22/4/13 SSC Sligo Rovers 1-0 Drogheda Utd
3/5/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Sligo Rovers
Rovers win in the Brandwell on the opening night of the season which was the 50th game between the sides in league football put the Bit o’Red just ahead on the all-time head-to-head record with 15 wins to 14. In The Showgrounds the visitors have come away with a win six times but again Rovers just have the edge with seven wins. There have been 12 draws on the 25 occasions that Derry have visited Sligo.
Derry have beaten Rovers just twice in the last 19 meeting between the sides or three times including a win on penalties. The penalty shoot-out win was in August 2011 in a league cup tie with the other two most recent wins coming in June and August of 2009.
Rovers are currently undefeated in the last six games against Derry and have won the last four. Five games of the unbeaten streak have been in the league and three of the wins.
In the league Sligo Rovers have gone nine games without losing to Derry since the 4-0 defeat in the Showgrounds in August 2009. In that time Derry have beaten every other side in the league at least twice with the exception of Limerick who they have only played once.
In those nine games Rovers have recorded six wins with the other three being draws.
Rovers are six games unbeaten at home to the Candystripes in all competitions, the first of those two were wins followed by two 1-1 draws before Rovers won the last two scoring four goals on both occasions once in the League cup and most recently in the Airtricity League.
Rovers will be looking to win four times in a row against Derry City for the first time in the club’s history. Derry havenever beaten Rovers four times in a row.
The two teams are the top scorers in the league with Derry leading the way with 26 goals ahead of Rovers total of 22. Derry’s 15 goals away from home is more than Rovers home total of 11.
In the defensive stakes the sides are also leaders, Derry also have the better defence record though by the smaller margin of seven to six. However Rovers have kept six clean sheets to City’sfive.
Raff Cretaro has scored four times in the last four games between the sides with them coming as doubles in home wins for Rovers.
Derry’s last three goals against Rovers were scored by the now departed David McDaid.
The last game between the sides came on the opening night of the 2013 season in a clash of the league and cup winners from the previous season. Rovers began the title defence by starting two debutants in Evan McMillan and Anthony Elding.
Rovers started in similar fashion to the previous season with David Cawley and Raf Cretaro combining to feed Anthony Elding, who scored on his league debut having also done so on his Rovers debut earlier in the week against Glentoran, after a half hour.
Rovers held the lead until half-time and although Derry came more into the game in the second period with their own new signing Michael Rafter and Mark Griffin both having chances they couldn’t find an equaliser and Rovers came away with a 1-0 win as they had done on the opening night of the 2011 season in the Brandywell.
Derry’s last visit to the Showgrounds came as Rovers continued a relentless push towards the league title. Derry were well out of the league reckoning in mid-table at that stage and the result never really looked in doubt for Rovers.
It took just 15 minutes for Rovers to take the lead with a corner leading to Ryan McBride putting the ball into his own net which gave Rovers the lead.
Twenty minutes later the lead was doubled by an excellent finish by Cretaro and early in the second half he was on target again to make it 3-0 and put the result beyond doubt. McDaid gave Derry slight hope with 20 minutes left by scoring against the club he had spent time on loan with previously. However Rovers continued to dominate and shortly after the three-goal lead was restored in impressive fashion by Lee Lynch with the game finishing 4-1 to the home side.
Last six meetings:
21/6/11 Derry City 0-0 Sligo Rovers
3/9/11 Sligo Rovers 1-1 Derry City (Joseph Ndo)
13/4/12 Sligo Rovers 1-1 Derry City (Danny North)
13/7/12 Derry City 1-2 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley, Mark Quigley)
29/9/12 Sligo Rovers 4-1 Derry City (Ryan McBride (OG),Raffaele Cretaro x2, Lee Lynch)
8/3/13 Derry City 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Anthony Elding)
Opposition: Derry City
Table-toppers Derry City are on a 10-game unbeaten run since losing to Sligo Rovers in the season opener. They are also unbeaten in 10 in all competitions since a 2-1 defeat to Drogheda knocked them out of the Setanta Cup immediately after losing to Rovers. That run has seen eight wins from the 10 games played.
That’s the clubs best run since embarking on an 18 game unbeaten spell starting in May 2011 and continuing until October until they lost 1-0 away to the then champions Shamrock Rovers. Around the same time they went on a 20 game unbeaten run in all competitions.
In total Derry have lost just once in 14 league games after finishing 2012 with three wins. That also means that their last two defeats have been at the hands of Sligo Rovers with their penultimate defeat being in the Showgrounds.
That 4-1 defeat in the Showgrounds is the last on their travels,they had won the next five before recording a draw against St. Pats last time out.
Derry haven’t kept in clean sheet in any of thier last four games, conceding once in each game. Three of those four games have seen them conceding first before coming back to win on two occasions and getting a draw in the other.
They haven’t failed to score in any of their last eight away games and only done so twice in the last 17.
Season so far:
As previously mentioned their season started with a loss in theBrandywell to Sligo Rovers. That was followed by elimination from the Setanta Cup but their form has improved greatly since then. Their run started with a massive 6-0 win away to UCD which included a hat-trick from Rory Patterson in the first half.
Although again failing to win in their second home game of the season against Drogheda following a late equaliser they started a six game winning streak with Rory Patterson scoring a late winner in Cork.
They then recorded comfortable home wins against Shelbourne and Bray before winning impressively on the road scoring four times in their win against Bohs and netting three times in a victory against Dundalk in Oriel Park. The last game of the run was a 2-1Brandywell victory over Shamrock Rovers.
After that they drew away to St.Pats before getting back to winning ways at the weekend against Limerick. That win came despite conceding in the first half and remaining behind until the final five minutes when two late goals clinched the win.
Their top scorer is Rory Patterson who has eight league goals and one more in the Setanta Cup which puts him just one place behind Anthony Elding on the goalscoring charts. Michael Rafter has also contributed six which makes him the joint-third best scorer in the league.
Last six games:
1/4/13 LOI Derry City 2-0 Bray Wanderers (Michael Rafter x2)
5/4/13 LOI Bohemians 0-4 Derry City (Patrick McEleney, Michael Rafter, Ryan McBride, Barry McNamee)
12/4/13 LOI Dundalk 1-3 Derry City (Rory Patterson x2(pens), Barry McNamee)
19/4/13 LOI Derry City 2-1 Shamrock Rovers (Barry McNamee, Ryan McBride)
26/4/13 LOI St. Patrick’s Ath 1-1 Derry City (Michael Rafter)
3/5/13 LOI Derry City 2-1 Limerick (Mark Griffin, Rory Patterson)