Match stats: Rovers v Shamrock
Sligo Rovers set a new club record in the draw with Cork by keeping a 15th clean sheet in The Showgrounds for the season surpassing the record of 14 set in 2011, the last year Rovers won the FAI Cup.
The game also saw a new record of seven consecutive home games without conceding a goal set.
It is now 678 minutes since Rovers last conceded a home goal in all competitions which was in July in the Champions League game against Molde.
The five clean sheets in a row which have been achieved home and away is the best run since July 2011.
That spell of games seen the following results: Bray Wanderers 3-0, Drogheda Utd 2-0, Galway Utd 8-0, St. Pat’s 0-0 and Vorskla Poltava 0-0. Poltava eventually ended the run with their 2-0 win in the Showgrounds in the second leg of the tie.
The last time Rovers kept six successive clean sheets was also in 2011 in March and April. It ended with a 2-0 loss away to Shamrock Rovers in the Setanta Sports Cup.
Monday’s draw also put Rovers on an eight match unbeaten run which is the second longest of the season and the best since April. The spell has also seen six wins for Rovers and just one goal conceded.
It is seven games unbeaten in the Showgrounds for the Bit o’Red which is also the second longest streak of 2013. The run began after the Champions League loss to Molde with a scoreless draw against Shamrock Rovers.
In the nine games in the Showgrounds since the 5-2 win over UCD in June there have been just nine goals scored by Rovers with only two conceded.
Of the 21 games so far at the Sligo town venue there have been 14 wins which is just one less than 2012 when 15 victories were earned from a season total of 22 fixtures.
This will be a 13th cup semi-final for Rovers in the last five seasons out of 14 entered (excluding europe). The only time since 2008 that Rovers failed to reach the semi-final of the FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup and Setanta Cup was in last year’s FAI Cup. Four of those 12 have been won so far.
Since losing the 2009 FAI Cup final, which was played on a Sunday, Rovers have won four and drawn three of the games that have been on a Sunday. The last Showgrounds defeat on a Sunday was 3-0 to Cork in July of that year.
Last six results:
3/9/13 LOI Drogheda Utd 1-1 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley)
7/9/13 LOI Bohemians 0-2 Sligo Rovers (Gavin Peers, Aaron Greene)
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
Rovers in the FAI Cup
Sligo Rovers are yet to concede in the three FAI Cup games played thus far, when Rovers won the competition in 2010 we did so without conceding a goal becoming the first team to do so since Shamrock Rovers in 1968 and only the fourth team ever.
The other sides to do so were Dundalk in 1958 and Athlone Town in 1924.
Rovers will be looking to win the tournament for a third time in four seasons something only done previously by Shamrock Rovers.
This semi-final makes it four in five years in for the Bit o’Red and a fifth in eight years.
Rovers have won the last two FAI Cup games at home 1-0 since being knocked out of last year’s tournament by Monaghan United which is now Rovers only in the last 11 FAI Cup games at the Showgrounds with eight clean sheets being kept in that streak.
Monaghan’s win last season is also the Bit o’ Red’s only loss in 15 FAI Cup games. Going back further Rovers have just two defeats in 22.
The 3-0 victory at home to Monaghan in September 2010 is the only time Rovers have won an FAI Cup game at home by more than one goal since beating non-league side Leeds 2-0 in December 2001.
The last time Gavin Peers was missing for a FAI Cup tie was when he missed the win over Derry in August 2009 though he did also miss the 3-2 win over Pike Rovers in May 2011 when he was an unused sub.
Raffaele Cretaro has appeared in every FAI Cup game while at the club since not playing in the 3-2 away win against Shamrock Rovers in June 2007. That is a total of 20 games in which he has scored six times.
Rovers have had four different goalscorers in the cup so far with Danny Ventre, Anthony Elding, Gavin Peers and Raffaele Cretaro all getting one each.
Joseph Ndo has made 20 FAI Cup appearances with half of them being with Rovers though he has never scored a goal in the competition.
Danny North is yet to record a goal for the club in the FAI Cup despite having played four games, he has scored in every other competition beside Europe.
Route to the semi-final:
1/6/13 2nd Round Waterford Utd 0-2 Sligo Rovers (Danny Ventre, Anthony Elding)
28/8/13 3rd round Sligo Rovers 1-0 Cork City (Gavin Peers)
15/9/13 Quarter-final Sligo Rovers 1-0 Derry City (Raf Cretaro)
Rovers in FAI Cup semi-finals:
March 26th 1939 Sligo Rovers 2-1 Dundalk (Neutral) (Mattie Began, Hugh O’Connor)
March 31st 1940 Sligo Rovers 2-1 St James Gate (Neutral) (Mattie Began, Sam Prout)
April 1st 1950 Sligo Rovers 1-2 Transport (Neutral) (Sam Waters)
April 1st 1951 Sligo Rovers 0-2 Cork Athletic 0-2 (Neutral)
March 30th 1952 Sligo Rovers 3-4 Cork Athletic (Neutral) (Tommy Buggy, Jimmy Miller, Mick Lipper)
April 3rd 1966 Sligo Rovers 0-0 Limerick (Neutral)
April 13th 1966 Replay Sligo Rovers 0-3 Limerick (Neutral)
March 29th 1970 Sligo Rovers 0-0 Cork Hibs (Neutral)
April 1st 1970 Replay Sligo Rovers 2-1 Cork Hibs (Neutral) (Johnny Brooks, Gerry Mitchell)
April 2nd 1976 Sligo Rovers 1-1 Bohemians (Neutral) (Paul McGee)
April 7th 1976 Replay Sligo Rovers 0-5 Bohemians (Neutral)
April 9th 1978 Sligo Rovers 1-0 Drogheda Utd (Neutral) (Gus Gilligan)
April 4th 1981 Sligo Rovers 2-2 Waterford (Neutral) (Paddy Sheridan, Liam Patton)
April 9th 1981 Replay Sligo Rovers 1-0 Waterford (Neutral) (Harry McLoughlin)
April 3rd 1983 Cobh Ramblers 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Mick Graham)
April 6th 1983 1st Replay Sligo Rovers 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (Mick Graham, Harry McLoughlin)
April 13th 1983 2nd Replay Cobh Ramblers 0-0 Sligo Rovers
April 17th 1983 3rd Replay Sligo Rovers 3-2 Cobh Ramblers (Chris Rutherford x2, Gus Gilligan)
April 5th 1987 Sligo Rovers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers
April 12th 1987 Replay Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Tony O’Kelly)
April 15th 1987 2nd Replay Sligo Rovers 0-1 Shamrock Rovers
April 13th 1994 Sligo Rovers 1-0 Limerick (Eddie Annand)
April 9th 1995 Sligo Rovers 1-3 Shelbourne (Gerry Carr)
April 6th 1996 Sligo Rovers 0-1 Shelbourne
October 29th 2006 Sligo Rovers 0-0 Derry City
October 31st 2006 Replay Derry City 5-0 Sligo Rovers
October 23rd 2009 Sligo Rovers 1-0 Waterford Utd (Matthew Blinkhorn)
October 15th 2010 Bohemians 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Gavin Peers)
October 16th 2011 Bohemians 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Jason McGuinness)
This will be Sligo Rovers 20th FAI Cup semi-final and fourth in five years.
Of the 19 played so far 10 have been won with nine losses. Seven have needed at least one replay to be decided.
There have been nine cup semis played in the Showgrounds with three wins, three draws and three losses.
With the exception of the 5-0 loss in Derry seven years ago all of Rovers last six semi-finals have had one goal or less. It’s the only game in the last five that Rovers didn’t keep a clean sheet in.
Rovers haven’t scored more than one goal in any of the last 11 FAI Cup semi-finals since scoring three to beat Cobh ramblers in 1983.
The Bit o’Red have won the last three semi-finals contested having lost the previous three in a row.
Rovers haven’t won any of the last five against Shamrock Rovers which is the longest current run without beating another team in the division. Two of the five games have been won by Shamrock with the others all drawn.
Rovers had won all the previous four meeting before that with shamrock having won the four previous to that.
Of the last five played in the Showgrounds Rovers have recorded three wins with just one defeat and one draw.
Rovers have yet to get a win over Shamrock this season, they last time we went a season without beating them was 2009 which is the only season since being relegated in 1999/2000.
Just four of the last 20 games between the sides have been decided by more than a single goal. Rovers 3-0 home win last May is the only time in the last 21 that a game has been won by more than two goals.
Rovers haven’t failed to score in three consecutive home games against Shamrock since games in 91, 92 and 93.
Shamrock have only scored the first goal against Rovers once in the last seven games between the teams which was in the 2-0 Showgrounds win in October.
Anthony Elding’s last goal for Rovers was in the last game between the teams in the EA Sports Cup.
In Danny North only start for Rovers against Shamrock he scored twice in the 3-0 win last May.
David Cawley has faced the Tallaght club four times and scored twice from those games.
Last six meetings:
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 Sligo Rovers 0-2 Shamrock Rovers
3/5/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley)
27/7/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers
13/8/13 EA Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Sligo Rovers (Kieran Djilali, Anthony Elding)
The 3-2 win for Shamrock in the last meeting which was a league cup game was the highest scoring affair between the sides since a 3-2 victory for Rovers in May 2008.
That game saw Brian Cash, Mauro Almeida and Romuald Boco put Rovers three up before a late rally from Shamrock with goals from Eoin Doyle and Darragh Maguire brought it back to 3-2. The last time more than five goals had been scored was in a 4-2 win for Shamrock in Morton Stadium despite goals for Rovers by Glen Shannon and Sean Flannery.
It is one of only two games in the last 58 for the Bit o’Red to have conceded more than two goals with the other being the 3-1 loss in Cork in early July.
The scoreless draw between the sides on the last visit of Shamrock to Sligo was the first since the cup final of 2010 and the first in Sligo since 1993.
Since exiting Europe Rovers have won eight of 13 games played with two of the five fixtures not won being against Shamrock Rovers.
The run of seven home clean sheets for Rovers began in the meeting of the teams in July.
Rovers and Shams games in the FAI Cup:
April 21st 1940, Final Sligo Rovers 0-3 Shamrock Rovers
February 28th 1954 1st round Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Willie Bradley)
March 10th 1954 1st Round replay Sligo Rovers 0-2 Shamrock Rovers
March 6th 1955 1st Round Sligo Rovers 2-2 Shamrock Rovers (Johnny Armstrong, Albert Straka)
March 9th 1955 1st Round replay Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Eamonn Reddy)
March 10th 1957 2nd Round Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Hugh Colvin)
March 9th 1958 2nd Round Sligo Rovers 1-1 Shamrock Rovers (Johnny Armstrong)
March 12th 1958 2nd Round repay Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Sligo Rovers (Liam McCaul, Willie Bradley)
February 18th 1962 1st Round Sligo Rovers 3-3 Shamrock Rovers (Gerry Turner, Munns x2)
February 28th 1962 1st Round replay Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Sligo Rovers
April 30th 1978 Final Sligo Rovers 0-1 Shamrock Rovers
March 6th 1983 Quarter-final Sligo Rovers 2-1 Shamrock Rovers (Harry McLoughlin, Tony Fagan)
April 5th 1987 Semi-final Sligo Rovers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers
April 12th 1987 Semi-final replay Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Sligo Rovers (Tony O’Kelly)
April 15th 1987 Semi-final replay Sligo Rovers 0-1 Shamrock Rovers
March 24th 1991 2nd Round Sligo Rovers 2-2 Shamrock Rovers (John Byrne, Fran Hitchcock)
April 3rd 1991 2nd Round replay Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Sligo Rovers (Shams won on pens)
April 2nd 1995 Quarter-final Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Sligo Rovers
April 5th 1995 Quarter-final replay Sligo Rovers 2-0 Shamrock Rovers (Eddie Annand x2)
February 8th 2002 Quarter-final Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Sligo Rovers
June 15th 2007 2nd Round Shamrock Rovers 2-3 Sligo Rovers (Faz Kudozovic, Matthew Judge)
June 7th 2008 2nd Round Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Sligo Rovers (Anto Murphy)
November 14th 2010 Final Sligo Rovers 0-0 Shamrock Rovers (Rovers won on pens)
September 19th 2011 Quarter-final Sligo Rovers 1-0 Shamrock Rovers (Eoin Doyle)
This will be the 25th FAI Cup game between the sides with Rovers winning five. There have been eight draws and 11 wins for Shamrock.
The club’s have been paired together 16 times which is more than against any other club for the bit o’Red.
The games played in the Showgrounds have had three wins for Rovers (1983, 1995 and 2011), two (1954 and 1987) wins for the away side and five draws.
Shamrock have failed to score on three of their last five FAI Cup visits to Sligo.
Shamrock have progressed further than Rovers in the FAI Cup 35 times. Rovers have outdone them 23 times and the clubs have been knocked out in the same round on 14 occasions.
Opposition: Shamrock Rovers
This will be Shamrock’s 44th FAI Cup semi-final which is more than any other club. From those they have made it through to 33 finals.
It is now 26 years since they last lifted the trophy they won 24 times. Their longest wait between successes before that was nine years between 1969 and 1978.
Shamrock Rovers have been knocked out of the FAI Cup by Sligo Rovers in two of the last three seasons with Shelbourne knocking them out of last year’s edition.
They have won both of their away games in this season’s competition 2-0 while they also won their other tie by two goals.
The Tallaght club are unbeaten in 13 games in cup competitions since they lost their very first game of the season at home to Coleraine 1-0 at home. 11 of those 13 have been wins including the last eight in a row.
Route to the semi-final:
31/5/13 2nd Rd Salthill Devon 0-2 Shamrock Rovers (Billy Dennhy x2)
23/8/13 3rd Round Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Sheriff YC (Thomas Stewart, Shane Robinson, Mark Quigley (pen))
13/9/13 Quarter-final St. Pat’s Ath 0-2 Shamrock Rovers (Ronan Finn, Shane Robinson)
Shamrock are on their best run of the season having won seven of their last eight games.
However away from home just two out of seven have been won with three defeats. The wins were in the last round of the Cup against Pats and a 2-1 win at
Shelbourne. The other five games have seen just one goal scored. In total they have failed to score in none of their 20 away games in 2013.
Last six results:
7/9/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 2-1 Cork City (Gary McCabe x2)
13/9/13 FAI St. Pat’s Ath 0-2 Shamrock Rovers (Ronan Finn, Shane Robinson)
21/9/13 EA Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Drogheda Utd (Gary McCabe (pen), Thomas Stewart)
24/9/13 LOI Limerick 2-0 Shamrock Rovers
27/9/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Drogheda Utd (Thomas Stewart x2, Gary McCabe)
30/9/13 LOI Shamrock Rovers 2-0 Bray Wanderers (Mark Quigley, Karl Sheppard x2)