Match stats: Rovers V Waterford
Rovers have played 15 cup games under the management of Ian Baraclough winning eight of them, losing five and drawing twice.
Rovers went out of the FAI Cup in the first game of the competition last year for the first time since 2008. The last time Rovers lost the first round in successive years was in 2000/01 when losing to Bray 5-0 having been eliminated by Bluebell the previous year 1-0.
The loss to Bluebell is the last time the Bit o’Red have been knocked out of the FAI Cup by a team from a lower division with the exception of losing the final in 2009 to Sporting Fingal.
The loss to Monaghan last year was the first in the Showgrounds in an FAI Cup game in nine games since a loss on penalties to Waterford in 2007. It was the first defeat over 90 minutes at home in 15 games since losing in the quarter-finals to Galway 2-1 in 2003.
Gary Rogers has made more FAI Cup appearances than any other player in the squad with 39. He has appeared in the cup in 12 of the last 13 seasons only missing out in 2005 while with Drogheda Utd.
Just for Rovers Raf Cretaro has made more apps than anyone else with 31 while his career total is 34. Like Rogers he has appeared in the competition for 12 of the last 13 seasons, only missing out in 2004. He has seven FAI Cup goals for Rovers and eight in total which included four on the run to the final in 2009.
Iarfhlaith Davoren’s only goal for the club came in this competition, that being in the Cup Final of 2011 against Shelbourne.
Rovers are on a run of five away games in a row without a win, the last being the 3-0 win in UCD on Easter Monday. The last time Rovers went on such a run was April and May 2010. That run featured two losses to St. Pats, one to Dundalk and draws with Shamrock Rovers and Galway United.
The last run of six games without an away win began in June 2009 and continued for 11 games until a win in Cliftonville.
Rovers have won the last four away games in the FAI Cup against Finn Harps, Bohs, Monaghan United and Bohs again. It has been six games since the last loss which was in 2008 against Shamrock Rovers.
Sligo Rovers have scored the first goal in all of the last 14 FAI Cup games bar the 2011 final against Shelbourne.
Last six games:
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
28/5/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-1 Dundalk
Five of Rovers last eight goals against Waterford were scored by Faz Kuduzovic. He scored a double in Rovers last away win against Waterford in July 2007.
Rovers haven’t lost on the last three trips to the RSC with two wins and one draw.
The last defeat for Rovers in Waterford came in the First Division in the last season of winter football, a season when the Blues achieved promotion. That came on November 22nd 2002 with Argentinian Gustavo Di-Lella scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.
Here’s a list of all meetings between the club’s in the FAI Cup:
19/2/61 First Round Sligo Rovers 0-1 Waterford
4/4/81 Semi-final Sligo Rovers 2-2 Waterford *
9/4/81 Semi-final replay Waterford 0-1 Sligo Rovers *
1/3/87 Last 16 Waterford 1-1 Sligo Rovers
4/3/87 Last 16 replay Sligo Rovers 0-0 Waterford
10/3/87 Last 16 2nd replay Waterford 0-1 Sligo Rovers
23/7/04 Last 32 Waterford 2-1 Sligo Rovers
17/8/07 Last 16 Waterford 1-1 Sligo Rovers
21/8/07 Last 16 replay Sligo Rovers 2-2 Waterford (Waterford win 4-3 on pens)
23/10/09 Semi-final Sligo Rovers 1-0 Waterford
*The semi-finals in 1981 were played on neutral venues.
From the ten times that Rovers have faced Waterford in the FAI Cup they have only got two wins. Both came in semi-finals with Rovers going on to lose the finals both times, to Dundalk in 1981 and Sporting Fingal in 2009.
Waterford have also only won two of the games over 90 minutes though they have three victories in total having won a penalty shoot-out in 2007.
Of the six occasions that the clubs have been drawn together at least one replay has been needed to decide the tie three times.
Comparison of two teams performance in this competition over the last 10 seasons:
2003 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2004 Last 32 Runners-up
2005 Quarter-finals Last 32
2006 Semi-finals Last 16
2007 Last 16 Quarter-finals
2008 Last 32 Last 32
2009 Runners-up Semi-finals
2010 Winners Last 32
2011 Winners Last 16
2012 Last 32 Last 16
FAI Cup semi-final 2009, The Showgrounds
With Waterford currently in their sixth consecutive season in the First Division having been relegated in 2007 the sides haven’t met since being paired together in the semi-finals of the 2009 FAI Cup. Rovers were drawn as the home side looking to make it to a first FAI Cup final since 1994. The Bit o’Red had made it to that stage after a great run of wins in the competition beating Cork City, Derry City and Bohemians along the way all of whom were competing towards the top end of the table. Waterford had got there with an impressive victory over St. Pats in the quarter-finals having previously seen off non-league opposition. Despite struggling in the league that season and having a poor recent record in the tournament Rovers went into the game as favourites with home advantage against a team from a division lower. However the blues proved extremely tough to break down with young keeper Kevin Burns, in the team for the suspended veteran Michael Devine, making some excellent saves when called upon. The sides went into the break level at 0-0 at half-time. The second half would be quite different however with the substitution of Owen Morrison for Brian Cash at the break sparking Rovers into life. Rovers began creating a lot more chances though they still couldn’t find a way past Burns while Waterford also had some opportunities to take the lead at the other end. However with 15 minutes to go Morrison produced another wonderful delivery and this time Matthew Blinkhorn headed home his first goal in over two months to put Rovers in front. The away side couldn’t find an equaliser and the home crowd celebrated their team getting into a first cup final for 15 years.
Last six meetings:
28/4/07 LOI Sligo Rovers 1-1 Waterford United (Faz Kuduzovic)
20/7/07 LOI Waterford United 1-2 Sligo Rovers (Faz Kuduzovic x2)
17/8/07 FAI Waterford United 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Adam Hughes)
20/8/07 FAI(R) Sligo Rovers 2-2 Waterford United (Faz Kuduzovic, Matthew Judge) Waterford win 4-3 on penalties
20/10/07 LOI Sligo Rovers 1-2 Waterford United (Faz Kuduzovic)
23/10/09 FAI Sligo Rovers 1-0 Waterford United (Matthew Blinkhorn)
Opposition: Waterford United
After being only 90 minutes away from promotion to the Premier division last season in a promotion/relegation play-off against Dundalk this year has seen a major dip in the fortunes of Waterford United. They currently sit in the bottom half of the First Division table in 6th place and recently parted company with manager Paul O’Brien. They started their season with a home draw with Finn Harps but things quickly went downhill as that was followed up with three defeats in a row which included a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Mervue Utd and a loss to local rivals Wexford Youths. During that run they did progress past Cobh in the EA Sports Cup thought they have since been eliminated from that competition to Limerick in a penalty shout-out. Their league form picked up after the loss to Wexford with a five game unbeaten run which included three wins however back-to-back losses followed. The second of those proved to be the last game in charge for O’Brien. Caretaker manager Tommy Griffin has seen things improve with a good showing against Limerick in their elimination from the EA Sports Cup followed by their first win in four away to Athlone Town. Top scorer is Paudie Quinn who has scored four goals in 2013.
Waterford have won just one of their last five home games. They have also two wins from the last 10 and three out of 15.
They have lost their last two home games in the FAI Cup. The first was a 3-0 defeat to St. Pats in 2011 and they then lost 4-0 to Mervue United in 2012.
Their last home win in the FAI Cup against a League of Ireland team was on July 29th 2002 when they beat Limerick on penalties. They have played eight games since.
Last six results:
26/4/13 LOI Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United (Paudie Quinn)
3/5/13 LOI Waterford United 1-1 Longford Town (Michael Coady)
10/5/13 LOI Mervue Utd 2-1 Waterford United (Vinny Sullivan)
17/5/13 LOI Waterford United 0-1 Wxford Youths
20/5/13 EA Limerick 1-1 Waterford United (Vinny Sullivan) Limerick win on pens
24/05/13 LOI Athlone Town 0-1 Waterford United (Paul Quilty)