Head-to-head: Rovers v Bohs

 

Sligo Rovers 2 Bohemians 1

September 16th 2009, FAI Cup

Having beaten Cork City after a replay and Derry City in the previous rounds Rovers made it through to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup where they were drawn against Bohemians. The Dublin club were the cup holders having won the double the previous year and would again go on the win the league that year and were therefore strong favourites to win the tie. After the Bit o ‘Red came away from Dalymount Park with a 0-0 draw the tie went to a replay at the Showgrounds. With Rovers struggling in the league the Cup was the main focus for the season. Bohs were on top for much of the first half though it took until the 43rd minute for them to eventually break the home side down. Paddy Madden set up Glenn Cronin and he beat Richard Brush to give the Gypsies a half-time lead. However Rovers came out rejuvenated for the second period and were quickly onto the front foot. Aided by the impetus of the introductions of Alan Keane and Owen Morrison Rovers found an equaliser on 67 minutes. Raf Cretaro got away from the Bohs defence and found himself one-on-one with Brain Murphy. From there he squared the ball across for captain Conor O’Grady to tap in from a few yards. Rovers continued to attack and from a corner the ball came to Eoin Doyle, he controlled it before putting it into the net and giving Rovers the lead. Bohs went in search of a way back into the game but the resolute defending of Keane and Peers kept them at bay. The Bit o’Red made it all the way to the final that year but lost in the end to Sporting Fingal.

 

 

Sligo Rovers 1 Bohemians 0

March 16th 2012, Airtricity League

Ian Baraclough was only a few weeks into his reign as Rovers manager and had made a strong start drawing with Shelbourne before home wins against Glentoran and UCD. Bohs would provide the next test at the Showgrounds. Rovers were impressive again playing with an entertaining style of play but despite dominating the first half no goal could be found. Chances fell to John Dillon, Raf Cretaro, Romuald Boco and Danny North but all were denied by a combination of Bohs keeper Craig Sexton and the post. Again in the second half Rovers did the majority of the attacking with Cretaro again having chances but it just wasn’t to be his night against his former club. Jospeh Ndo, also coming up against his old team, came close as well but had an effort cleared off the line. The man to eventually find a way through was new signing Lee Lynch. He capped off an impressive individual display by hammering home a short free-kick rolled to him by Joseph Ndo from 25 yards. The goal only left 14 minutes for Bohs to equalise, a couple of chances came their way but none could be taken. The win took Rovers up to fourth and they would continue to climb the table that season going top a few weeks after and staying there for the rest of the title-winning campaign.

 

 

Sligo Rovers 3 Bohemians 1

September 3rd 2012, Airtricity League

Almost exactly two years ago Rovers title winning ambitions came another step close to becoming reality when Bohs visited the Showgrounds on a Monday night. Top of the league with eight games remaining the Bit o’Red showed no signs of nerves and the result never really looked in doubt. On 12 minutes the lead was taken through Mark Quigley. Lee Lynch played the ball across and Quigley headed nicely into the back of the net. The lead was doubled just more than 10 minutes later when Raf Cretaro hit a shot from distance that the keeper failed to deal with and the ball rolled passed him into the net. Cretaro then turned provider on 38 minutes when he played it into the path of Lynch who beat a man before hitting the ball impressively into the net as he had done earlier in the season. The second half was a comfortable affair for Rovers but no further goals came for the home side. Mark Quigley almost did get a spectacular fourth when he came close to beating the keeper from 40 yards. A consolation was grabbed by Derek Pender in stoppage time putting in following a scramble in the box but Rovers left happy with the three points.

 

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