Head-to-head: Rovers vs Derry
Rovers play Derry City at the Showgrounds this Saturday in the third league gmae of the season at 7:45. Here's a look at at the head-to-head between the two clubs.
Derry haven’t won a league game at the Showgrounds since August 2009, a stretch of six games.
Before winning the game between the teams at the Brandywell last April Derry hadn’t beaten Rovers in 25 matches.
Raff Cretaro has scored 8 goals from the last 15 times he has played the Candystripes.
The Bit o’Red have one point from the two games so far, 2009 was the last time no wins were picked up from the first three games.
Derry have one win and one loss so far coming against Galway United and Dundalk respectively.
Last Showgrounds meeting:
Sligo Rovers 2 Derry City 2
A high scoring affair the last time the teams from the north-west faced off at the Showgrounds. All four goals came in the first half.
It was a goal to remember that opening the scoring when John Russell shot home a stunning 30 yard strike after a good run forward.
Ryan McBride proved to be a thorn in the side of Rovers however with two goals. A corner from Michael Duffy came into the box where McBride powered in above everyone else to head in.
Another set-piece got him another goal when a corner by Patrick McEleney wasn’t cleared and fell nicely for McBride to smash the ball in.
Rovers responded a few minute later. A ball wide from Danny North found Danny Ledwith, he beat his man and then fired the ball past the Derry keeper Ger Doherty.
There was chances for both sides in the second half but no further goals with Rovers having to play the last 20 minutes with 10 men due to a sending off for Eric Odhiambo.
Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Seamus Conneely, Evan McMillan, Kalen Spillane, Ross Gaynor; Raffaele Cretaro, David Cawley, Paul O'Conor (for Eric Odhiambo 66), John Russell, Danny Ledwith; Danny North (for Sean Maguire 85).
Subs not used: Richard Brush.
Derry City: Ger Doherty; Barry Molloy, Cliff Byrne, Ryan McBride, Aaron Barry; Patrick McEleney, Danny Ventre, Barry McNamee, Michael Duffy, Mark Timlin (for Ryan Curran 70); Rory Patterson (for Nathan Boyle 87).
Subs not used: Ciaran Gallagher, Dean Jarvis, Shane McEleney, Josh Tracey, Tony McNamee.