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Byrne Baby Byrne: Jack The Lad Stars For Rovers As Bohs & Dundalk Win

Jack Byrne was the star man for Shamrock Rovers on Friday night after his two goals helped the Hoops to a 3-1 win over UCD in Tallaght.

The 22-year-old had been on international duty with Ireland over the last week or so and looked incredibly confident on his return to domestic action.

At Tallaght Stadium last night Byrne was the standout scoring twice before Aaron McEneff’s late goal sealed their fifth league win in a row and kept them top of the table.

Byrne’s first goal was an excellent piece of play from the midfielder picking up space on the edge of the box as he produced a lovely touch to get his shot away early and beat the UCD keeper, who in truth should have done better with the strike.

His second showed great determination to get into the box and follow up on the favourable bounce of the ball as Byrne finished well once again to help his side pick up another home win.

Elsewhere, Rovers’ Dublin rivals Bohemians also picked up a tremendous win as they defeated St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park to keep their fantastic start to the season going.

Keith Buckley’s goal in the 43rd minute turned out to be the decider in what was a scrappy game in front of a sold-out crowd in Phibsboro.

St Pat’s, on the other hand, have now gone five games without a win and are struggling under new boss Harry Kenny.

Reigning champions Dundalk also kept pace at the top of the table as they defeated last season’s nearest challengers Cork City at Oriel Park.

Michael Duffy’s first-half header was the difference between the two sides in a game that the Lilywhites truly dominated although John Caulfield will feel that his side could have had a penalty right at the death following shouts for handball in the Dundalk box.

In the other two games on Friday night, Finn Harps’ winless start to the season continued as they were thrashed 4-0 by Waterford while Derry City picked up an excellent win over Sligo Rovers to jump them up to 4th in the table.


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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here