Match stats: Rovers v Drogheda
Sligo Rovers take on FAI Cup final opponents Drogheda United this weekend in the final home game of the season.
In the Showgrounds the Bit o’Red are unbeaten in eight games since July when losing to Molde in the Champions League.
In league games alone the run is also eight without losing since Dundalk took three points from the Showgrounds in May.
If Rovers avoid defeat it will mean ending the season nine unbeaten at home having also started the season nine unbeaten in Sligo.
As well as being unbeaten in eight that period of time has also seen Rovers keep a clean sheet on every outing which is already a club record.
The total time since an opposition player scored in the Showgrounds is now 768 minutes. The last man to do so was Molde’s Daniel Chime Chukwu.
Rovers could still make it to 30 clean sheets for 2013 by going without conceding in the final two league games and the cup final which would equal the club’s best ever season for clean sheets in 2011.
At home so far Rovers have played 22 games which is the same as 2012’s total. The same number of games have been won with 15, drawn with five and lost with two. 41 goals have been scored which is none lower than the previous year’s amount.
Just eight have been conceded which is significantly fewer than the league winning season’s total of 19. Unless Rovers concede three against Drogheda then a new club record will be set beating the total of 11 set in 1989/90.
A win would take the Bit o’Red to 63 points which would be the second highest number ever which would only be behind the 2011 points total of 73 in a 36 game season.
The Bit o’ Red have the best record in the league at home to teams in the bottom half of the table with seven wins and two draws without suffering a loss.
Alan Keane made it to 200 appearances with the Bit o’ Red against Pats with his 44th appearance of the season. It’s the second most he has made in a single season behind the 47 he made in his first year with the club in 2009. He has played in every minute of league football in the Showgrounds.
Last six results:
15/9/13 FAI Sligo Rovers 1-0 Derry City (Raf Cretaro)
20/9/13 LOI UCD 0-3 Sligo Rovers (Kieran Djilali, Joseph Ndo, Danny North)
27/9/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Shelbourne (Danny Ventre, Iarfhlaith Davoren)
30/9/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-0 Cork City
6/10/13 FAI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Shamrock Rovers (Danny Ventre, Alan Keane (pen), Anthony Elding)
13/10/13 LOI St. Pat’s 2-0 Sligo Rovers
The teams have met 83 times in the Premier Division with Rovers having a superior record with 34 wins to 15 though there has been 34 draws. In the Showgrounds Rovers have been particularly dominant with 19 wins to 5 from the 41 games played.
It took 13 attempts for Drogheda to win their first game in the Showgrounds which they did in 1975/76 before wins again in 1978/79 and 1983/84. They didn’t win again until Rovers return to the Premier Division in 2006 while they also won the following season on their way to their only league title.
Therefore it is ten games since they got a win in Sligo which came on May 29th 2007 with Brian Shelley and Shane Robinson scoring in a 2-0 win. Raf
Cretaro is the only current Rovers player who played that day while all of the Drogheda team have since left.
It had been seven successive wins for Rovers over Drogheda from a 2-2 draw in July 2009 until the 2-2 draw when they last visited in April.
The Bit o’ Red have scored two or more goals in the last nine home league games with Drogheda. A total of 26 goals have been scored across those games.
Having gone 13 fixtures without a draw occurring between the clubs the last two games have finished level.
Last six meetings:
6/8/12 EA Drogheda Utd 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Lee Lynch)
19/10/12 LOI Drogheda Utd 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Liam Buchanan)
16/4/13 SSC Drogheda Utd 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)
3/9/13 LOI Drogheda Utd 1-1 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley)
Opposition: Drogheda Utd
Last season’s runners-up Drogheda sit in 8th place on the table with no possibility of finish any higher or lower.
They have recorded the most draws in the league with 14, just one more than next highest shamrock Rovers.
Only bottom placed Shelbourne have fewer away wins than the three that Drogheda have managed.
They are currently six games without a win in the league since beating strugglers Bray Wanderers at home back in August. It is one of only three wins in the last 18 which all occurred in succession in August against Limerick, Derry City and then the victory over Bray.
The Bray win is also their last clean sheet but was part of a run of conceding no goals for four games in a row.
Gavin Brennan has scored four times in the last four matches two of which have been from the penalty spot including the winner in their FAI Cup semi-final game with Dundalk.
Last six results:
21/9/13 EA Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Drogheda Utd
24/9/13 LOI Drogheda Utd 2-3 Cork City (Ryan Brennan, Peter Hynes)
27/9/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Drogheda Utd (Gavin Brennan)
30/9/13 LOI Shelbourne 2-2 Drogheda Utd (Gavin Brennan x2 (1 pen))
6/10/13 FAI Drogheda Utd 1-0 Dundalk (Gavin Brennan (pen))
12/10/13 LOI Drogheda Utd 1-1 UCD (Peter Hynes)