Recent History: Rovers v Derry

Derry City have produced two victories from two against Sligo Rovers so far this season. As Rovers look to get back to winning ways, look back on some of the recent memorable meetings with the Candystripes. 
Sligo Rovers  3-0  Derry City,  2 May 2011
Newly promoted Derry City had made a good start to the season having returned following relegation to the First Division. Their only defeat before the second north-west derby of the season came when the sides had previously met on the opening night of the campaign and the Bit o’ Red came away from the Brandywell with a 1-0 win. On a sunny Bank Holiday afternoon, an open and entertaining first half didn’t produce any goals though Eoin Doyle had an effort cleared off the line. But just two minutes into the second period the key moment of the game occurred when Eddie McCallion was red carded after bringing Raffaele Cretaro down in the box.

The ensuing penalty was well dispatched by Eoin Doyle. Another red card just two minutes later further strengthened Rovers position but the two man advantage lasted just four minutes as Gavin Peers was also dismissed for the home side. That left the game narrowly in the balance until 12 minutes from time when another spot-kick was awarded to Rovers. This time going the other was Eoin Doyle scored his third goal of a season in which he would go on to score 20. A third goal was added by Alan Kirby from close range with the game ending with a third red card for the Candystripes as Emmet Friars was dismissed in stoppage time.
Sligo Rovers  4-0  Derry City,  26 June 2012
The sides met in the quarter-final stage of the EA Sports Cup in 2012. Derry were defending champions having won it in 2011 to make it five wins in seven years with the Bit o’Red having won the competition in 2010. Rovers had gone out of the FAI Cup just a couple of weeks previous to Monaghan United. The Showgrounds club dominated the first half but couldn’t make it tell and the first 45 ended level. The deadlock was broken early into the second half with Danny North setting up Raffaele Cretaro to finish low into the net. Derry held out to keep it at 1-0 until the 78th minute despite being reduced to ten men but a penalty was to lead to a doubling of the lead. Danny North took the penalty and despite a save from Ferry he was able to score from the rebound. Rovers kicked on from there to make the margin of victory comfortable first through Cretaro’s second of the night and North also getting a double with a tap-in from close range. A 4-0 win seen the Bit o’Red advance to the semi-finals.
Sligo Rovers  4-1  Derry City , 29 September 2012
Top of the league Sligo Rovers moved another step closer to the league title in 2012 by making it two wins and a draw from the three clashes with the Candystripes that season. A crowd of over 4,000 fans seen in-form Rovers take the game to the visitors in the early stages and a corner in the 14thminute resulted in the Bit o’Red grabbing the lead. A vicious in-swinging ball by Joseph Ndo caused problems for the defence leading to Ryan McBride putting the ball into his own net. As he had done earlier in the season Raffaele Cretaro produced a double which then took the game away from Derry. He made it 2-0 by capitalising on a mistake from Stewart Greacan and beating the keeper. The third goal of the game was scored early in the second half with Cretaro being set up by Lee Lynch to make a clinical finish. There would be a goal back for Derry with ex-Rovers David McDaid getting on the scoresheet however the comeback didn’t materialise. Seven minutes later another chance for Rovers was taken as Lee Lynch put the game out of sight at 4-1. That’s how the game finished and just two weeks later in the next home game another Cretaro double contributed to the win which won the league for the Bit o’ Red.
Sligo Rovers  3-0  Derry City, 6 May 2013

The sides met in early May level on points at the top of the table with Derry just ahead on goal difference. Rovers had made a sensational start winning the first eight games but having recently lost for the first time the Candystripes were able to leapfrog them in the table after an impressive start of their own. The top of the table clash would not prove to be the tight affair expected however. Although the game began in open fashion and City having a penalty appeal turned away it was the home team that broke the deadlock when Lee Lynch smashed the ball in from an Alan Keane cross. From there Rovers continued to press and early in the second half got the second, after some great wing play from Pascal Millien the chance was made for David Cawley to put the ball home from close range. Fifteen minutes later the points were sewn up for the Bit o’Red when Ross Gaynor scored what is his only league goal for the club to date from the penalty spot. The incident also seen Derry reduced to 10 men making the closing stages of the game a stroll for Rovers. The win brought Rovers back to the top of the league table again.
Sligo Rovers  1-0  Derry City  15 September 2013

Having got past Waterford United and Cork City, Rovers came up against defending champions Derry in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup. A quick start from the then four time competition winners seen a couple of early chances for the Bito’red with Raf Cretaro grabbing the lead with 14 minutes played. The Tubbercurry Tornado capitalised on a defensive mistake from a Joseph Ndo free-kick to flick the ball in past Ger Doherty. Derry improved after the goal and had the better of the play but couldn’t find a goal, Gary Rogers keeping the best chance out from Simon Madden. Rovers improved in the second half and had some chances of their own but couldn’t get a second goal to give comfort. However despite a decent opportunity falling to Michael Duffy late on there would be no equaliser for City and Rovers went through into the semi-finals. There Rovers beat Shamrock Rovers before beating Drogheda in the final to win back the FAI Cup for a third time in four years.

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