With only a few competitive games under his belt in the last year, Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is already seeing the sharpness return to Jack Byrne's play, with the midfielder starring in the Hoops' win over Drogheda United on Monday evening.

The Premier Division champions, after their loss in Derry on Friday last, got back on track with a 3-1 victory at Tallaght Stadium.

Byrne assisted Sean Gannon's opener and scored an incredible second during a man-of-the-match performance in front of a 4,100 strong crowd.

Drogheda attempted to stage a late fightback, scoring through Evan Weir but Graham Burke extinguished any travelling hopes with his composed finish in the 82nd minute.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Stephen Bradley hailed the contribution of the Republic of Ireland international and explained why he called him ashore just before the hour mark.

"You can see that with every game he plays he is starting to sharpen up in his head. He's sees things very, very early. He'll only get better and stronger. This is only his third or fourth competitive game in a year.

"His goal was a fantastic strike, got right behind it.

"We have to be careful with him. He got a knock in Derry so we were thinking about not starting him. At 2-0 I felt it was time to get him out."

The Shamrock Rovers boss also praised the way his side found renewed momentum after Drogheda made it 2-1.

"I just knew we could find a few more levels, a few more gears," he added.

"To be fair to Drogheda they came into the game for five or ten minutes after they scored; they have some good players in the attacking part of the pitch We found those levels and Graham (Burke) got us the third goal.

Bradley's counterpart Kevin Doherty bemoaned some basic errors as they attempted to find an equaliser.

"For a good half an hour in the second half I thought we were well in the game. We were pushing for an equaliser but it was a similar story to Friday night (against Shelbourne) we made individual mistakes and were punished.

"Against a team like Rovers if you can't pass the ball to one of your team-mates then you'll be cut open on the counter. We were pressing for an equaliser and were well in the ascendency. We just have to cut out those individual mistakes.

"We played Adam Foley up front; Rovers sometimes leave one on one up front because they trust their defenders. We had a lot of nice one-twos in around their box and I thought we should have got a shot away a couple of times. And then a little cog in the week goes out in the shape and they hit you."