Match stats: Rovers v Shams

Having scored three goals in four away games in-a-row, Sligo Rovers have drawn two blanks in recent matches on the road.

Rovers had three scoreless away games towards the end of last season against St Patrick's Athletic, Bray Wanderers and Cork City.

Rovers have scored at least three goals in three away games so far, the only team to do so in the entire 2012 season was Drogheda (five times).
 
This will be Rovers fourth away game in-a-row in Dublin. The loss against St Pat's was the first in the capital in seven games.
 
Rovers haven’t gone three league games without a win under Ian Baraclough, the last occasion it happened was in July-August 2011 with a draw against St Pats, a draw with Dundalk and a defeat to Bohs.
 
Rovers points tally of 25 points from the first 10 games is the most in the league since Cork notched 27 from the same amount of games in 1998/99.
 
Gary Rogers can make his 50th appearance for Rovers by playing against Shamrock Rovers. He has kept 21 clean sheets in his time with Bit o' Red including nine from his 14 games played so far this season. He is the most experienced member of the Rovers squad with 447 career appearances to date in his 14 seasons in the league.
 

 

Lee Lynch can also make his 50th Rovers appearance by playing on Friday. The Limerick man has scored eight goals for Rovers so far in the following games:

 

16/3/12  Bohs (h)  LOI  1-0

6/8/12  Drogheda  (a)  EA  1-2
3/9/12  Bohs  (h)  LOI  3-1
29/9/12  Derry (h)  LOI  4-1
4/3/13  Glentoran (h)  SSC  5-0  (x2)
11/3/13  Glentoran (a)  SSC  3-0
13/4/13  Cork (h)  LOI  2-0
 
Aaron Greene scored his fourth league goal of the season last weekend against Drogheda having played just eight times. That already matches his total from his previous season with the club in 2011 when he scored the same amount in 35 league games. He managed one goal in his total of 21 appearances for Shamrock Rovers last year.
 
Last six games:
6/4/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  2-0  Shelbourne  (Anthony Elding x2)
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  (David Cawley)
27/4/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  2-2  Drogheda Utd  (Anthony Elding, Aaron Greene)
 
Head-to-head:
Of the 138 league games played between the two side Rovers have 37 wins to Shamrock’s 75. From the 70 games Rovers have played on the road, there has been 11 wins and 44 defeats.
 
Rovers last win in Tallaght in September 2011 ended a run of 14 games without an away league win against Shams stretching over a period of 15 years.
 
The Bit o' Red have lost eight of the last 12 times when playing away to Shamrock Rovers.
 
Rovers have one more point than at the same stage last season, Shamrock have four less.
 
Rovers have scored more than one goal in eight of the 10 games played so far, Shams have scored more than one goal in two of their 10 played.
 
The last game between the sides in Tallaght which ended 1-1 is the only time in the last 14 games between the sides that has failed to produce a winner.
 
 
Last six meetings:
24/6/11  LOI  Sligo Rovers  2-0  Shamrock Rovers  (Gavin Peers, Eoin Doyle)
9/9/11  LOI  Shamrock Rovers  1-2  Sligo Rovers  (John Russell, John Dillon)
19/9/11  FAI  Sligo Rovers  1-0  Shamrock Rovers  (EoinDoyle)
12/5/12  LOI  Sligo Rovers  3-0  Shamrock Rovers  (Danny North x2, David Cawley)
13/8/12  LOI  Shamrock Rovers  1-1  Sligo Rovers  (Mark Quigley)
26/10/12  LOI  Sligo Rovers  0-2  Shamrock Rovers
 
Last year:
 
Shamrock Rovers arrived in the Showgrounds for the first meeting of the sides in May with Sligo Rovers flying high at the top of the table. Ian Baraclough's side went in front after a half hour with top scorer Danny North adding another to his tally. That was quickly followed by David Cawley scoring his first for the club in spectacular fashion to give Rovers a comfortable advantage at the break.
 
The home side dominated throughout the second half in which Shamrock were reduced to 10 men early on as Chris Turner saw red, with the clinching goal being scored by Danny North 15 minutes from time. That gave Rovers a fourth successive win over the 2011 league winners.

The next meeting was in Tallaght on a Monday in August.  Mark Quigley gave the away side the lead just after the half hour mark with a fantastic shot from distance and the one-goal lead was held to half-time.

Shams came out strong in the second half with their top scorer getting an early equaliser with another excellent effort from Ronan Finn. No more goals came and the visitors came away happier with the point.

The final meeting took place on the final day of the season in The Showgrounds, where Rovers had already wrapped up the league title two weeks previously, on the night Rovers would be presented with the league trophy.

The game wouldn’t go in Rovers favour with goals from Gary Twigg in either half giving Shamrock the 2-0 win.

Opposition: Shamrock Rovers
 
Season so far
 
Shamrock Rovers started their season under new manager Trevor Croly against Dundalk in Oriel Park where they drew 0-0 despite having the chance to win with a Gary McCabe penalty which was saved. They won their next game at home to St. Pats 3-0, but their scoreless draw away to Bohs in the following game would begin a run of five consecutive draws which included another stalemate away to Shelbourne, then three 1-1 draws against Cork and Drogheda at home with another in between against Limerick.
 
They ended that run in comprehensive fashion by beating Bray 7-0 in Tallaght. However the Hoops have lost back-to-back games since then, firstly away to Derry 2-1 and then 2-0 last time out against UCD in the UCD Bowl. This leaves them in seventh position in the table.
 
Top scorer: Ronan Finn 4 goals
 
Shams have won just one of their last 10 games played in all competitions, the 3-0 home win against the only team to beat Rovers in the league this year St Pats. That game was also their only clean sheet in the last eight games played. They will be looking to avoid losing three league games in-a-row for the first time since October 2010 when the lost games to UCD, Bohs and Sporting Fingal.
 
Last six games:
5/4/13  LOI  Shamrock Rovers  1-1  Drogheda Utd  (Finn)
12/4/13  LOI  Shamrock Rovers  7-0  Bray Wanderers  (Ledwith, Kilduff, Finn x2, Quigley, Chambers x2)
16/4/13  SSC  Shamrock Rovers  1-1  Cork City  (Murphy o/g.)
19/4/13  LOI  Derry City  2-1  Shamrock Rovers  (Rice)
22/4/13  SSC  Cork City  2-2  Shamrock Rovers  (Rice, Dennehy)
26/4/13  LOI  UCD 2-0  Shamrock Rovers
 

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