Match stats: Rovers v Derry
Four-time competition winners Sligo Rovers face five-time winners Derry City in the FAI Cup on Sunday in The Showgrounds.
Rovers will be looking to win the tournament for a third time in four seasons something only done previously by Shamrock Rovers.
Between them the teams have won the cup for the last three seasons. One of the two clubs have featured in the last five season’s final and also six of the last seven.
This is Rovers seventh FAI Cup quarter-final in the last 11 years. A semi-final would make it four in five years in for the Bit o’Red and a fifth in eight years.
It would make it a 20th FAI Cup semi-final in the history of the club.
Rovers last went out in the last eight in 2005 when as a First Division club we were beaten by Cork City 3-1 in Turners Cross with Rovers goal coming from Kupono Low.
The last time it happened in the Showgrounds was two years before that when Galway United won 2-1 in the Shwogrounds despite a Ramuel Miller goal.
The win in the last round against Cork was the first home FAI Cup win since the 3-2 win over Pike Rovers in the 3rd round in June 2011. It followed two winless games against Monaghan Utd, first drawing in 2011 before they knocked Rovers out in 2012.
The defeat is now Rovers only in the last 10 FAI Cup games at the Showgrounds with seven clean sheets being kept in that streak. It was the first home FAI Cup victory over another Premier Division team in four years since beating Bohs 2-1 in September 2009.
The last time Rovers knocked out the cup holders was when beating Bohs in 2009. On two other have Rovers beaten the holders which was Waterford in 1981 in the semi-final and Cork in 1935 when Rovers reached the semi-final. There have been four occasions when the holders have knocked the Bit o’ Red out.
Monaghan’s win last season is also the Bit o’Red’s only loss in 14 FAI Cup games. Going back further Rovers have just two defeats in 21.
Since then there have been just three home defeats in the Showgrounds since to Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Molde.
The Bit o’ Red have won three of the last four games a run which started with the win against Cork City in the previous round.
Having won the last three games at home and being unbeaten in four the Bit o’Red are on the best run in the Showgrounds since winning the first six of the season at home and not losing until the 10th game.
Having not conceded in the last four home games, Rovers are on the best defensive run since June and July 2011 when that four game run was ended by Vorskla Poltava in the Europe League.
It is 18 years since the Bit o’Red went on a run of five home games without conceding which began with a 1-0 FAI Cup win over St. Pat’s on 1 February 1995 and ended when Shelbourne came away with a 3-1 win in the FAI Cup semi-final on April 9th.
That run included a 1-0 league win over Derry as well as cup games against Galway Utd and Shamrock Rovers. The club’s best ever run was six games at the end of the 1993/94 season.
In total it is 408 minutes since the last goal was put past Rovers which was by Daniel Chima Chukwu for Molde in the Champions League.
Gavin Peers scored his fourth of the season to open the scoring against Bohs. It’s just one fewer than he got last year which was his career best season along with 2010 when he also got five.
The other goal was from Aaron Greene which is his sixth of the season equalling his total from his previous season with Rovers in 2011 when he played 22 more games. It is the best goalscoring season of his career.
Danny Ventre started the game to make his first league start since May 28th. That was in the 1-0 loss to Dundalk with his only other previous start ending in defeat for Rovers 2-0 against St. Pat’s.
Iarfhlaith Davoren made his first appearance since the 2 August win in Derry. He has never lost an FAI Cup game with Rovers in 12 games. His only goal for the club also came in the competition in the 2011 final win against Shelbourne.
Likewise Joseph Ndo has never lost an FAI Cup game in a Rovers shirt from nine appearances in the competition. From his 19 career appearances in the cup he has never scored a goal.
Last six results:
13/8/13 EA Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Sligo Rovers (Kieran Djilali, Anthony Elding)
16/8/13 LOI Dundalk 2-0 Sligo Rovers
24/8/13 FAI Sligo Rovers 1-0 Cork City (Gavin Peers)
31/8/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 2-0 Limerick (Raf Cretaro, Danny North)
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)
Derry have beaten Rovers just twice in the last 21 meetings between the sides or three times including a win on penalties. The penalty shoot-out win was in August 2011 in a league cup tie with the other two most recent wins coming in June and August of 2009.
Excluding the penalty shoot-out win Derry haven’t won any of the last 14 against Rovers since winning 4-0 in the Showgrounds in August 2009.
The run started less than a week later when the Bit o’ Red knocked Derry out of the FAI Cup 1-0 in the most recent meeting between the clubs in this competition.
Ten of those 14 games have been won by Rovers including the last six in a row which is Rovers best ever against the Candystripes.
In the Showgrounds its six without defeat for Rovers with five of those games won. The last three visits for Derry have seen them concede a combined 11 goals.
David Cawley has scored in the last two games between the club’s and in three of the last five. Lee Lynch has scored in the last two home games for the Bit o’Red against City.
Danny North has scored every time he has faced Derry for the champions giving him four goals in three games.
Last six meetings:
2/8/13 LOI Derry City 1-2 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley, Danny North)
6/5/13 LOI Sligo Rovers 3-0 Derry City (Lee Lynch, David Cawley, Ross Gaynor (pen))
8/3/13 LOI Derry City 0-1 Sligo Rovers (Anthony Elding)
29/9/12 LOI Sligo Rovers 4-1 Derry City (Ryan McBride (OG), Raf Cretaro x2, Lee Lynch)
13/7/12 LOI Derry City 1-2 Sligo Rovers (David Cawley, Mark Quigley)
26/6/12 EA Sligo Rovers 4-0 Derry City (Raf Cretaro x2, Danny North x2)
The teams have been paired in this cup on four occasions with both sides coming out on top twice. Twice it has taken a replay to separate the teams.
Of the three meetings in the Showgrounds Rovers have never been beaten with the first win coming in the most recent which was in 2009.
FAI Cup meetings:
16/2/92 1st Round Derry City 1-1 Sligo Rovers
20/2/92 1st Round (replay) Sligo Rovers 1-1 Derry City
27/2/92 1st Round (replay) Derry City 2-1 Sligo Rovers
15/5/94 Final Sligo Rovers 1-0 Derry City
28/10/06 Semi-final Sligo Rovers 0-0 Derry City
31/10/06 Semi-final (replay) Derry City 5-0 Sligo Rovers
15/8/09 4th Round Sligo Rovers 1-0 Derry City
Opposition: Derry City
Cup holders Derry City are nine games unbeaten in the competition since being knocked out of the 2011 competition 4-1 by Wexford Youths.
Before winning it last year they had won just one game in the FAI Cup in three seasons which was a 6-0 defeat of Ballymun United in 2009. They them got knocked out by Sligo Rovers in the next round before losing in the first stage for the next two years.
All three defeats were away from home but they have won the subsequent three away games without conceding a goal though their most recent away game was drawn against bluebell the fixture was played at the Brandywell.
In five games of their nine game unbeaten run they have scored three or more goals.
In all competitions they have scored in the last 11 away games since being beaten 3-0 in the Showgrounds which is their only blank on the road in the last 22.
Derry have lost their last two games, not including European competition the last time they lost three in a row was September of last year when losing league games to St. Pat’s, Cork City and Drogheda Utd.
In all they have lost nine out of their last 13 games played. They only games where they avoided defeat were the two games in the last round against Bluebell and away wins against Limerick and UCD. The draw with Bluebell is their only in the last 18 games played.
Last six results:
9/8/13 LOI UCD 1-3 Derry City (Rory Patterson x2, Michael Duffy)
16/8/13 LOI Derry City 0-2 Drogheda Utd
23/8/13 FAI Bluebell Utd 0-0 Derry City
27/8/13 FAI Derry City 2-1 Bluebell Utd (Rory Patterson, Barry McNamee)
30/8/13 LOI Cork City 4-1 Derry City (Rory Patterson)
3/9/13 Derry City 0-1 St. Patrick’s Ath