Rovers v Galway: 5 Facts
The last Bit o’Red hat-trick was scored in a game against Galway United at The Showgrounds. It was scored by Matthew Blinkhorn. He scored in the 27th, 55th and 89th minutes of the 7-1 win.
It was his second of the year against the same opposition having registered a triple in the 8-0 away win against Galway in July of 2010.
When Rovers beat Galway United by 7-1 in October 2011 at The Showgrounds it was the biggest home win since 1967. That was a win by the same score against St. Pat’s.
Almost exactly 20 years ago was the last league win for Galway United in The Showgrounds. It was on March 16 during the 1995-96 season with a 2-0 win.
There have been 18 games between the teams in The Showgrounds since.
That makes it 12 Premier Division games since Galway United took all three points from a game at The Showgrounds.
Of those 12 games Rovers have got eight wins with four drawn games. The aggregate score in those 12 games is 26-5 in favour of the Bit o’Red.
Galway’s relegation and exit from the league of Ireland in 2011 meant that there was no Connacht Derby played at The Showgrounds for 1,373 days.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw with moth goals scored in the 16th minute. Rovers’ former player Ryan Connolly scored first but Dinny Corcoran scored the level the game as he had also done away to Galway in a win at Eamonn Deacy Park earlier in the season.