St Patrick's Athletic were under a degree of pressure on Friday as Shamrock Rovers came to Richmond Park.
Two defeats on the bounce to Bohemians and Sligo Rovers had dented some of the early confidence built under Tim Clancy.
But the Saints rose to the occasion against the champions to record a 1-0 victory via a Chris Forrester header (you can watch that goal on the podcast below).
One player who caught the eye and was specifically name-checked by manager Clancy when he spoke to RTÉ soccer correspondent Tony O'Donoghue after the game was 19-year-old winger Darragh Burns whose stock continues to rise.
The Pat's boss suggested it was "going to be a really big season" for the youngster and with Republic of Ireland senior manager Stephen Kenny watching on, Clancy added that if he can maintain his form an Under-21 call could beckon "soon".
Burns' form has certainly caught the eye of another former winger in the shape of Ollie Cahill who was on the RTÉ Soccer Podcast alongside his ex-Drogheda United team-mate Graham Gartland and gave his take on the teenager's potential to push his way into the international scene.
"I'd be excited by him. Darragh is really coming into his own," said Cahill.
"(He scored) a cracking goal on the first night of the season against Shels. Tim alluded to it there about a couple of disappointing performances (against Bohs and Sligo) but I thought he was good the other night without being brilliant.
Watch Ollie and Graham's review of the weekend action right here:
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"But what I liked about him was he identified Andy Lyons was playing on the wrong side. He went down the outside of him and came inside as well on him.
"I think he's an exciting talent. You don't want to heap too much on him too soon and obviously Tim is playing it down.
"He wouldn't be in the frame for getting into the senior international squads just yet but I'm sure he'd be well capable of making the step up to Under-21 international and beyond then.
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25mins: SHE 0-1 STP
Darragh Burns gives St Pat's the lead with a super strike from well outside the box. Top corner gives the keeper no chance.#RTESoccer
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"He's still learning the game and got a long way to go but what I've seen of him so far, this season and last season, I would be excited by him and I think the Pat's players and fans should be looking to him to spark off a lot of things for them and just once he's able to take it all in his stride, he's one to watch for sure."
Defensively, Pat's were able to keep Rovers at bay and were not caught out in the same way as Clancy had felt they were undone in the previous two games.
Also speaking on the podcast, Gartland felt the away side's attacking approach suited the Inchicore club.
"They didn't have to defend as many long balls against Rovers because they play a different way," he said.
"Especially second half, they defended really well but they got a lot of bodies back behind the ball and forced Rovers to try and play wide out to Shamrock Rovers' left because they knew it would have to come back inside because Andy Lyons is a right-footer.
"It buys you a couple of seconds to get across the pitch when you're forcing them out onto that side, knowing there's a right-footer on the left.
"A lot of the game was in front of them and Shamrock Rovers are trying to break you down and probe with some really top quality players at a tight pitch at Richmond. You can hold out against that a little bit more."
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