Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley was in no doubt as to the legitimacy of a penalty that won the game for his side against Bohemians, with his opposite number Keith Long stating that his side were on the end of a "bad decision" at Tallaght Stadium.

With the game deadlocked at 1-1, Bohs defender James Finnerty, it seemed, was harshly adjudged to have pushed Rovers' Danny Mandroiu over as they raced into the area.

Referee Paul McLaughlin pointed to the spot before further incensing the visitors by showing Finnerty a straight red card. Graham Burke's spot kick, though not thing of beauty, had enough in it to beat goalkeeper James Talbot.

The home side went on to win the game and in doing regained top spot in the Premier Division from St Pat's Athletic.

Speaking afterwards to RTÉ Sport, the Hoops boss was quite forthright on the penalty incident and dismissed any suggestion that it may have ruined an entertaining contest.

"I don't really care [if it ruined the game] to be honest, said Bradley.

"We've had enough of them go against us in these games. Tonight it's gone for us. It's a penalty, it's a red card, we win the game."

In the opposite camp, the view was different, with Long saying: "It's not a penalty. I think he reverses the decision if there was VAR. I thought the boys were outstanding.

"We feel it's a bad decision that's gone against us but I can ask no more of the players, absolutely brilliant.

Elaborating more on his side's performance, the Gypsies boss added: We came here and played Rovers off the park at times. We were unlucky with one or two chances. The players have worked ever so hard, they ran themselves into the ground even with ten men.

"We continued to make chances. Performance wise we were absolutely outstanding. To a man I couldn't be prouder of them."

It's now a fourth win on the trot for Shamrock Rovers over their bitter Dublin rivals, with manager Bradley praising his players for what he saw was their best performance this season.

"Some of the best play we've had this season came in the first half. We really clicked and gelled; our movement and timing was good and we got the goal off the back of it. Good finish by Dylan (Watts) in the end.

"Aaron Greene should also have scored but tries to be too clever instead of rolling it in. His all-round game and what he gives us is fantastic."