Head-to-head: Rovers vs Shamrock
Rovers play Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds Tuesday in the fourth league game of the season at 7:45. Here's a look at at the head-to-head between the two clubs.
Shamrock dominated the meetings last year winning all three but all three were close and won by a 1-0 margin.
Rovers have lost just two of the 11 home league games played since Shamrock Rovers won in the Showgrounds.
Rovers are one of only three teams in the league this season who have scored in every game so far.
Shamrock Rovers are one of three clubs in the league yet to concede a goal this season.
The last five games between the teams at the Showgrounds have resulted in two wins each and one draw.
Three recent meetings
May 12 2012, Sligo Rovers 3-0 Shamrock Rovers
Rovers went into the game having made one of the best starts in club history and sat proudly at the top of the table. Shams on the other hand had been struggling under the management of Stephen Kenny who had taken over from Michael O’Neill at the start of the season. They wouldn’t manage to turn things around in this game as the home crowd cheered their team on to a comfortable win on a glorious sunny afternoon. Early on Rovers took the upper hand with Mark Quigley going closest with an audacious 40 yard effort.
But within the half hour top scorer Danny North continued his rich vein of form with a clinical finish from the edge of the area. And just seven minutes later the lead was doubled in superb fashion as David Cawley unleashed a superb shot into the top corner of the net to get his first Bit o’Red goal. The away side never looked like finding a way back and in the last 15 minutes North struck again catching the keeper out with a powerful effort at the near post. The game ended with a 3-0 win as Rovers continued their march towards that season’s league title.
October 26 2012, Sligo Rovers 0-2 Shamrock Rovers
Having won the league title two weeks previously with a dramatic victory over St. Pat’s the main focus of the night was for the Bit o’Red was lifting the league trophy for the first time in 35 years. The last time it happened was also against Shamrock in the final game of the 1977 season. Rovers had lost last time out against Drogheda United for only the second time of the season but had an unbeaten home record.
The home side never really got going on the night however and on 10 minutes Gary Twigg put the ball home from a corner and gave Shams the lead. Rovers had few chances to get back in the game with Joseph Ndo going closest. With 57 minutes gone again Gary Twigg got on the scoresheet again which put the game beyond Rovers. The rest of the game was played out in anticipation of the league trophy being lifted. One of the biggest crowds seen at the Showgrounds in a long time spilled out onto the pitch to witness captain Danny Ventre get his hands on the trophy on a memorable night for all Rovers fans.
October 6 2013, Sligo Rovers 3-0 Shamrock Rovers
With the league title all but out of reach for Rovers and Shamrock even further adrift in mid-table the FAI Cup was the main focus of the season for both clubs as they faced off in the semi-finals at the Showgrounds. An edgy start seen opportunities for both sides none of which were taken but when the deadlock was broken by Danny Ventre hitting home from inside the box the game turned around with the lead seeing Rovers open up and play some of their best football of the season. Danny North almost made it two soon after but for a good save from Richard Brush.
No further goals would be scored in the half so the visitors emerged still in with a fighting chance
The game remained in the balance until 15 minutes from the end with Raff Cretaro being brought down in the box by Conor McCormack leading to a penalty and the dismissal of the shams defender. With Alan Keane slotting home the penalty the Bit o’Red had a comfortable lead and coasted through to the final for a fourth time in five years.
The victory was capped by sub Elding slotting the ball past the keeper in the final minute of the game. The win set up another trophy for Rovers with the final being won 3-2 against Drogheda United the following month.