Watch: Jack Byrne backs up Ireland selection with sublime assist in Shamrock Rovers' win over Sligo

Sat, Oct 03 2020

Byrne set up Graham Burke with a sublime pass before getting on the scoresheet himself after the break. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

Jack Byrne underlined his international credentials with a sublime assist for Graham Burke in Shamrock Rovers’ 4-0 win over Sligo Rovers.

Stephen Kenny included the 24-year-old in his squad ahead of the Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia in Bratislava on October 8th.

The midfielder, who got on the scoresheet himself after the break, showed outstanding vision to pick out Burke for the Hoops’ second just before half time.

Byrne scored a goal of the season contender in Sunday’s 4-0 win away to Dundalk and would surely be in the running for the best assist award too would one exist.

Rovers already led 1-0 thanks to Ronan Finn’s first goal of the season but the game was still very much in the balance as half time approached against an impressive Bit o’ Red outfit.

Sligo defended diligently in numbers and nullified Byrne for long periods, forcing him to drop deep to get involved in action.

And few other than Byrne could turn that to an advantage, stepping back almost to the halfway line before lofting an impeccably-weighted ball over the head of Garry Buckley.

There was still plenty to do for Burke as he controlled the ball with the outside of his left boot before sliding it past Ed McGinty.

McGinty, who was called up to the Irish under-21s for the first time today, had been at fault for Rovers' opener as he allowed a Ronan Finn volley to squirm between his legs.

Byrne added a third just before the hour as he finished off a fine, flowing passing move - his ninth goal of the season.

And substitute Dylan Watts rounded off the win late on following unselfish play from fellow sub Rhys Marshall.