Man of the match Ryan Brennan revealed that he almost panicked before scoring the winner for Shamrock Rovers against Sligo Rovers last night.

The Hoops edged the SSE Airtricity League tie 1-0 thanks to Brennan’s first goal for the club in the 14th minute, a tap-in from close range.

The former Drogheda United player told RTÉ Sport: “I was surprised myself. I had it in my head as it came across the box that I was going to sky it over the bar but lucky enough it went in.

“[It’s] another three points on the board, [we’ll] try and stay at the top as long as we can and push on and move on to next week,” added Brennan, whose side moved on to 10 points and lead the table on goal difference over Cork City, who beat Athlone Town 3-0 in Lissywoolen.

Sligo slip to tenth with just three points after four games.