Rovers vs Derry - H2H
29th April 2016
Derry 0-2 Rovers
Sligo Rovers ended Derry City's winning streak at the Brandywell as the Bit O'Red defeated the Candystripes 2-0. Raffaele Cretaro and Jimmy Keohane struck in either half as Rovers reversed the result between the two teams in the EA Sports Cup just two weeks previous.
Cretaro posed continuous questions to the Derry back four and opened the lead on 27 minutes. Craig Roddan's free from the left drifted over the grasp of two City defenders before Cretaro headed the ball between Ger Doherty and the back post for his second goal in as many outings.
Rovers pulled away on 69 minutes as Keohane netted his first goal for the club. The 25-year-old muscling his way past two Derry challenges before placing the ball, left footed past Doherty from ten yards.
17th August 2015
Rovers 1-0 Derry
Sligo Rovers recorded a precious league win as Tim Clancy's first-half goal beat ten-man Derry City at the Showgrounds. Clancy's headed effort mid-way through the first half saw the Bit o'Red move level with the tenth-place Candystripes, who had Philip Lowry sent off just shy of the hour mark for a stamp on Raffaele Cretaro.
Rovers' early pressure told on 19 minute. Man of the match Clancy found himself in the right place at the right time to nod Regan Donelon's corner from the left beyond the helpless Ger Doherty. The then Shamrock Rovers loanee netting his maiden goal for the Bit o'Red on his fourth appearance.
15th September 2013
Rovers 1-0 Derry
Sligo Rovers took their place in the next round of the FAI Cup semi-final with a 1-0 win over Derry at the Showgrounds. A well taken Raffaele Cretaro goal on 14 minutes was enough to see the Bit o'Red slip past a Candystripes side who had claims for a last minute penalty turned down by referee Neil Doyle.
The dire weather conditions played their part in the opener which arrived on 14 minutes. Joseph Ndo's ball to the Derry front post was mis-controlled by Shane McEleney as he slipped on the wet surface before Cretaro, with his back to goal assumed possession of the ball. The Tubbercurry man showed fantastic awareness to back-heel the ball through Ger Doherty's legs and into the City net.
Rovers had goalkeeper Gary Rogers to thank at the death when he made two stops from as many Michael Duffy efforts to deny cup holders Derry a replay.
Played for both
The young goalkeeper signed for the Bit O'Red from Derry last winter and has to date made five appearances including the recent EA Sports Cup victory over Finn Harps.
The Donegal man earned 14 first team appearances during his two seasons at the Brandywell following a move from Harps in 2015.
Now plying his trade at Bohemians, the tricky midfielder was brought to the Showgrounds from Dundalk by then manager Owen Heary ahead of the 2015 season.
The Swords man went on to make 18 appearances that year for Rovers including one in the FAI Cup. Ward then moved on to the Candystripes for the following season, appearing 21 times for Kenny Shiels' men in 2016.
One of the heroes of the Showgrounds in recent years, O'Grady spent ten seasons in Sligo picking up three trophies in the form of a First Division medal in 2005 and an FAI and EA Sports Cup, both in 2010. He started his career in Sligo in 1997 before moving on to Cork City for two seasons.
A leader on the pitch, Conor then spent one season at Derry in 2004, scoring twice before returning to spend the next six seasons at his beloved Rovers.
O'Grady was also on the books of Finn Harps and Ballinamallard and has most recently joined the Rovers U15s coaching staff.