Three recent games with UCD
Sligo Rovers face UCD at the Showgrounds on Saturday night. It’s a fixture that has thrown up plenty of goals and brought a lot of joy for Rovers.
The Bit o’Red have won eight in succession at home to the students and are unbeaten in 11 since the last away win in August 2006.
The overall head to head at the Showgrounds in Premier Division games is 15 wins to Rovers and six for UCD, three times there have been draws.
Here we take a look at the most recent three meeting which has produced a total of 15 goals between the team. 13 have been for Rovers and two to UCD.
April 18th 2014
Sligo Rovers 5 UCD 0
Despite having just dumped St. Pat’s out of the Setanta Sports Cup 7-1 on aggregate Rovers were struggling in the SSE Airtricity League and hadn’t won in six since the opening day victory over Athlone Town. But form was found with a demolition of the students. After a quiet opening on 25 minutes the course of the game was changed when UCD defender Tomas Boyle brought Aaron Greene down in the box. The foul was deemed worthy of a red card for Boyle and Alan Keane stepped up to take the penalty. He blasted the ball home and put Rovers into the lead. That lead would be extended 10 minutes later through Paul O’Conor. He hit a spectacular shot from a Ross Gaynor lay-off to break his duck for his new club with a goal against the side he began his career with. Rovers created a pile of chances in the second half but it took until the 66th minute for the third goal to come. Kieran Djilali picked out Greene in the box to loop a lovely header into the net. Just minutes later the next goal came. It was another former UCD player who got his first for his new club in the form of Danny Ledwith. He picked up the ball on the left side of the box and hammered it home to the far bottom corner. The fifth and final goal was scored with 12 minutes to go. Again it came after Rovers were awarded a penalty. However this time Alan Keane missed from the spot but sub Eric Odhiambo was there to net his first league goal. The win signalled an upturn in fortunes for Rovers who went on to lift the Setanta Cup a few weeks later.
June 15th 2013
Sligo Rovers 5 UCD 2
Rovers went into the final game before the mid-season break having had mixed fortunes to start the season. While the first eight games had all been won the next eight produced just one win. But an emphatic win over the Students sent Rovers into the break on a high. It was UCD that started the game better however, taking the lead with just two minutes played. In-form striker David McMillan getting on target. Rovers responded well and 20 minutes of pressure eventually told when a well worked set piece between Joseph Ndo and Aaron Greene created a chance that David Cawley smashed home. UCD kept the Bit o’Red at bay for the rest of the half but in the very early stages of the second period that changed. Aaron Greene struck an excellent low drive past keeper Conor O’Donnell. The lead was further stretched with a flurry of goals around the hour mark. Firstly Cawley turned creator when his cross was put into his own net by Liam Traynor in his attempt to clear. And moments later Seamus Conneely found Kieran Djilali with a nice finish from him making the points look secure. But UCD came back on 64 minutes with sub Dean Clarke getting room in the box and the striker put the ball past Rogers to make it 4-2. It was 10 minutes til the next goal arrived and it did seal the victory for the home side. A cross from Alan Keane was hit at goal by Cawley, it looked to be heading wide til Ndo got a touch to put it over the line. That was the end of the goals as Rovers game out of the goal fest with a 5-2 win.
Sligo Rovers 3 UCD 0
August 20th 2012
UCD were welcomed to the Showgrounds with Rovers looking to push on for a first league title in 25 years. A large crowd had to wait until the 38th minute for Rovers to hit the front. The goal came when Pascal Millien and Romauld Boco linked up on the right to find Mark Quigley. The in-form striker slotted the ball calmly into the corner of the net to delight the home crowd. That opened the game up and within two minutes Quigley was again at the heart of things this time getting himself an assist. He put the ball through for Millien to run onto with the Haitian making it two with a smart finish. The second half was quiet with only long range attempts threatening the goal. It was until the 76th minute that a third goal was found. A fantastic team move concluded when the ball reached Boco and he hit a spectacular shot from outside the box flying past Mark McGinley in goals. The win seen the Bit o’Red maintain their place on the top of the league table and continue the march towards the title.
The next meeting of the sides is this Saturday, October 4th at 7:45 in the Showgrounds.