Match stats: Rovers v Dundalk
There have been eight home games so far for Rovers this year which have produced seven wins, the 2-2 draw with Drogheda United in the league being the only exception.
Last year seen Rovers get seven wins from the first nine.
Similarly in league action alone, Rovers have five wins out of six, surpassing last year’s start of four wins over the same period.
Rovers' goal tally is also superior with 20 this year compared to 15 last while one goal fewer has been conceded.
Going back further, the champions have recorded 20 wins from the last 26 home league games with five draws and just one loss.
Rovers have, along with Shamrock Rovers, won the most points at home so far with 16. However Shams have earned those from playing eight games compared to Rovers six. The next best record is Derry’s with 14 though they have also played eight times.
Clean sheets have been kept in the last four games in-a-row (all competitions). It is the third time this season that Rovers have gone on such a run.
Making it five in succession would be the first time since July 2011 when a five game run was ended by Vorskla Poltava.
The first leg of that tie with Poltava was also the last time the club had back-to-back scoreless draws. That time a nil all with St. Pats in the league was followed by a stalemate in Ukraine.
In league action alone the last two games played have finished 0-0. This is a first since April 2009 when drawing first at home to Bohs 0-0 and then away to Drogheda with the same score.
Its over 20 years since Sligo Rovers have had three league games in a row end 0-0. That was in October 1992 at home to Drogheda Utd, away to Shamrock Rovers and home again to Derry City. The only other time it happened was in February 1991.
That also means that there have been consecutive draws recorded. If Rovers were to draw for a third time in a row it would be the first time this has occurred since March and April 2010. Results then were Bohs (a) 0-0, Drogheda (a) 2-2 and Dundalk (h) 2-2.
Rovers haven’t failed to score in three league games in a row since a four game run back in April/May 2009. Those four games were Bohs (h) 0-0, Drogheda Utd (a) 0-0, Cork City (a) 0-1 and Shamrock Rovers (h) 0-3.
The last two league games that Rovers have played on a Tuesday night have both been against Dundalk and have both ended in wins. The first was by 5-0 in the Showgrounds in October 2011. The second was the clubs previous meeting this season when Rovers won 3-1 in Oriel Park.
The Bit o’ Red are the only team who have scored two or more goals in every home game so far this season. It has given a goals per game rate of 2.33 which is well ahead of the next best team Shamrock Rovers who have a rate of exactly 2.
Over the last three seasons, which have totaled 40 home league games, Rovers have scored more than two goals 29 times. No other team has done so more than 20 times. That period of time has seen Rovers pick up 11 more points at the Showgrounds than any other team has managed while playing at home.
Rovers have the best record against teams in the top half of the table picking up 14 points from the seven games while Dundalk have just one win out of their six.
Anthony Elding has scored in every home league game he has appeared in so far with a total of seven scored from his five appearances.
Last six games:
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)
10/5/13 LOI Bray Wanderers 0-0 Sligo Rovers
20/5/13 EA Sligo Rovers 4-0 Mervue Utd (Anthony Elding x2 (1 pen), Evan McMillan, Danny Ventre)
24/5/13 LOI Limerick 0-0 Sligo Rovers
Rovers have played Dundalk on 144 occasions which is more than against any other club. Dundalk hold a slender advantage with 54 wins to 53. Of the 72 times that Rovers have been the home side they have won 33 compared to Dundalk’s 19 away wins.
Rovers have won the last five games played against the Lilywhites with their last point earned in a 1-1 draw in Oriel Park in August 2011. Since that game Rovers have scored 16 goals with just two for Dundalk.
That’s Rovers longest ever winning streak against Dundalk.
The unbeaten run for Sligo Rovers against Dundalk stands at 10 games since going down 1-0 in Oriel Park to a Faz Kuduzovic goal in May 2010.
In the Showgrounds, Rovers have won the last five games scoring 13 times without reply. That’s since Dundalk came from two goals behind to secure a draw in April 2010. Their last win in the Showgrounds was on their visit just previous to that and on that occasion they came from 3-1 behind in the final 20 minutes to get a 4-3 win.
The five home wins in a row is also Rovers best ever winning run against Dundalk.
Dundalk haven’t kept a clean sheet in the Showgrounds since the teams met in the First Division in August 2005 when the away side won 2-0. Their last in the Premier Division was in April 1995 when coming away with a 1-0 win.
At home and away Dundalk have only managed one clean sheet in the last 20 against Rovers in the Premier Division.
Dundalk have scored more than two goals in the league just once in their last 60 games stretching back to June 2011. That was in their 3-1 win against Shelbourne a few weeks ago. Rovers have done so five times in the last 13 games.
Four of Gavin Peers last eight goals for Sligo Rovers have been against Dundalk including his last two.
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny hasn’t won any of his last eight fixtures against Sligo Rovers spanning across his time with Derry City, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. It also just two wins in his last 14 against the Bit o’Red.
Rovers travelled to Oriel Park on a Monday evening for the second away game of the season having already won every game played to date. It didn’t take long for Rovers to get into the ascendancy with Raf Cretaro coming in off the right wing to put the Bit o’Red in front after just three minutes.
The lead was doubled shortly before half-time with Gavin Peers getting his head to a free-kick from Ross Gaynor who joined the club from the Louth side. Rovers stretched their lead early in the second half with Anthony Elding adding to his growing reputation by heading in from close range.
The away side always looked like holding that lead although three-quarters way through the game Kurtis Byrne scored the best goal of the game with an excellent strike from distance. That wasn’t enough to bring the Lilywhites back into the game and Rovers continued their impressive start leaving Dundalk still in search of a first home win.
On Dundalk’s last visit to Sligo it was top versus bottom with Rovers looking well set to win the league title and Dundalk looking at the prospect of a play-off to ensure their Premier Division status for 2013. The game panned out as expected with Rovers taking an early lead through Mark Quigley, a pre-season signing from Dundalk, who had become a central figure in Rovers title push. Similarly to this season the second goal came as Gavin Peers put home a free-kick from Ross Gaynor. Rovers coasted through much of the game with the third goal coming close to the end with Scottish striker Liam Buchanan getting his first for the club being in the right place at the right time to score from close range. The win meant Rovers had won all three games against Dundalk by an aggregate score of 8-1.
Last six meetings:
7/8/11 LOI Dundalk 1-0 Sligo Rovers (Raf Cretaro)
4/10/11 LOI Sligo Rovers 5-0 Dundalk (Richie Ryan, Joseph Ndo, John Dillon, Eoin Doyle, Johnny Breen (OG))
31/3/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Dundalk (Danny North x2, Gavin Peers)
29/6/12 LOI Dundalk 1-2 Sligo Rovers (Danny North x2)
10/9/12 Sligo Rovers 3-0 Dundalk (Mark Quigley, Gavin Peers, Liam Buchanan)
19/3/13 LOI Dundalk 1-3 Sligo Rovers (Raf Cretaro, Gavin Peers, Anthony Elding)
Dundalk have won four out of their last six games keeping clean sheets in each of those wins.
Their loss in the last away game, 1-0 at Shamrock Rovers, ended a run of six away wins in a row which started with their win in Waterford in the promotion/relegation play-off victory to ensure Premier Division survival.
They haven’t conceded more than a single goal in any of those games. This gives them the joint-best away defence in the league.
Their total of 15 points away form home has already surpassed last year’s figure of 9 while they are one goal away from equalling last year’s amount of 11.
They have scored 18 goals so far this season in the second half of games but just four in the first 45.
The Louth club haven’t had a draw in any of their last 14 away games, that run has featured eight wins and six losses.
Season so far:
Dundalk started their season with a home game against new manager Stephen Kenny’s former club Shamrock Rovers which ended scoreless. They picked up their first win of the season next time round in the EA Sports Cup against Shelbourne before beating the same opposition four days later to get their first league win. However next up was a visit of the champions and Rovers beat them comfortable 3-1.
That setback didn’t effect their form however and they went on to lose just one of their next eight games. The recorded away wins against UCD and St.Pats with ex-Rovers player John Dillon on target in both however they could only get draws at home to both Drogheda Utd and Limerick. Both draws did see them come from two goals behind in the last 20 minutes to rescue the point.
The Lilywhites then lost for the second time at home to second-placed Derry City despite this time getting an early lead. After another away win against Bohs they finally got their first home win in the league with a comfortable victory over Cork City. A third win a row was earned in Bray before tasting defeat again in Tallaght with a single goal in first half stoppage time enough for Shamrock Rovers to get the win.
Last time out on the road they got another win against Shelbourne but had to wait until the 86th minute until scoring the winner from Tiarnan Mulvenna. That was followed by a disappointing home loss to UCD despite taking an early lead they found themselves 3-1 down before Pat Hoban got his second to mean it finished 3-2. Hoban is along with John Dillon and Tiarnan Mulvenna the club’s top scorer with four goals so far.
The currently sit in fourth position but nine points adrift of league leaders St. Pats.
Last six results:
26/4/13 LOI Dundalk 2-0 Cork City (John Mountney, Patrick Hoban)
3/5/13 LOI Bray Wanderers 0-1 Dundalk (Patrick Hoban)
6/5/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Dundalk
10/5/13 LOI Dundalk 1-0 Shelbourne (Tiarnan Mulvenna)
20/5/13 EA Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Dundalk
24/5/13 LOI Dundalk 2-3 UCD (Patrick Hoban x2)