Match stats: Rovers v Mervue
Sligo Rovers have played 14 cup games under the management of Ian Baraclough winning seven of them, losing five and drawing twice.
In home games Rovers have six wins, one loss and one draw.
Since the only home loss, which was in the FAI Cup against Monaghan Utd, Rovers have only lost one home game in all competitions. The loss was against Shamrock
Rovers in the final game of last season.That 19 game run has includes 14 victories
There have been eight home games so far for Rovers this year which have produced seven wins with Drogheda being the only exception. Last year seen Rovers get six wins from the first eight.
Last six games:
19/4/13 LOI St. Pats Ath 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)
10/5/13 LOI Bray Wanderers 0-0 Sligo Rovers
Rovers in the EA Sports Cup
Two-time competition winners Sligo Rovers boast an impressive recent record in this competition. Rovers have reached the semi-finals or better for the last four seasons. In 2009, 2011 and 2012 that has been where Rovers have been eliminated with 2010 the only time that the semi-final was won by beating shamrock Rovers before going on to win the final against Monaghan Utd.
The last time Rovers were knocked out of this competition in their first game was in 2007 in a 3-2 away defeat to Finn Harps. That was despite taking a two goal lead through Matthew Judge and Chris Turner and still being 2-1 up with three minutes to play. The same opposition had also knocked Rovers out at the first time of asking the previous year that time on penalties in the Showgrounds.
That loss is the last at home for Rovers in this competition making a run of eight wins in a row which started with a penalty shoot-out win against Galway in 2008 and has since seen wins against Finn Harps (09), Letterkenny Rovers, St. Pats, Shamrock Rovers, Monaghan Utd (all 2010), Monaghan Utd and Derry City (both 2012).
The aggregate score in Rovers favour over those eight games is 28-4.
Excluding penalties Rovers only defeat in this competition in the last 10 games was the semi-final loss to Drogheda Utd last year. Over 90 minutes it is the only loss in the last 15 games played.
Its 13 games in this competition since Rovers failed to score which was in the penalty shoot-out win over Galway in 2008.
The two clubs have previously met in the FAI Cup first round in 1997/98. Mervue came away from the Showgrounds with a 1-1 draw before Rovers advanced by winning the replay 2-0 in Galway. However the replay was far from straightforward with Mervue keeping the game scoreless until eight minutes from time when Padraig Moran eventually struck to give Rovers the lead before he was on the scoresheet again a few minutes later to seal the win in Terryland Park.
The first game also seen Mervue go close to causing an upset with them taking the lead after just four minutes through Alan Joyce. Rovers didn’t manage to get back on terms until midway through the second period when a Neil Ogden free-kick was headed across goal by Matt Hare to head back for Marcus Hallows to equalise.
Opposition: Mervue United
Season so far
Having finished second from bottom last year Mervue have seen a major improvement so far this season and currently sit in second spot in the league table. They started off the season going unbeaten in their first five games.
After drawing on the opening day in Athlone they won their next two against Salthill Devon and Waterford Utd before two more draws against Finn Harps and Longford Town. They suffered their first defeat next losing a high scoring game in Cobh but recovered to go four unbeaten with wins against Wexford Youths and Watertord United either side of two more draws with Athlone and Salthill Devon. That run ended when the lost last time out at the weekend to Finn Harps 1-0 at Finn Park.
Their run of five games unbeaten to start the season stretched out their overall unbeaten run to nine games following on from the end of the 2012 season. They had never previously gone more than two games unbeaten since joining the First Division in 2009.
They got through to this stage of the competition with a 2-1 win over Donegal club Cockhill Celtic but needed a late winner just five minutes from ime to progress.. Their first of their two goals was scored by former Sligo Rovers underage player Tom King. It was one of four goals he has scored so far this season which make him joint top-scorer with 16 year old Irish underage International Ryan Manning who has four goals from nine starts so far.
It’s only the second time in their five seasons as a LOI club that they have got passed the first round with the other occasion being in 2011 by beating Finn Harps 1-0 at home after extra-time. The other season have seen them loss in the first round against Salthill Devon (2009), Letterkenny Rovers (2010) and Shelbourne (2012).