"Win in Derry will kick-start our season" Shamrock Rovers midfielder Killian Brennan believes Hoops can mount title challenge

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Killian Brennan believes that the Airtricity Premier Division champions have turned a corner, and can still mount a title challenge this season

Shamrock Rovers finally ended their poor Airtricity Premier Division run with a win over Derry City on Friday night. The win was the Hoops' first in six games, but Killian Brennan believes that the holders can still mount a title challenge.

Despite the run of games without a win, Rovers are just seven points behind leaders Sligo Rovers with 15 games remaining. Killian Brennan is a new signing at the Tallaght Stadium, but lifted the league title twice with Bohemians, and knows what is needed to climb to the summit. "Sometimes you only need one win to get your season going and I think that win in Derry will kick-start our season now," Brennan told the Evening Herald.

"We have had a hard few weeks, we all know that, and the pressure was on us but we can go into the next few games with a lot more confidence now that we have won. It won't be easy, we are the champions and every team that plays Shamrock Rovers from now until the end of the season will be trying to beat us and cause us problems so we'll have to deal with that."

Rovers' next two games come against UCD and Sligo Rovers, and the match against the Bit o' Red could have a major impact on the final outcome of the Premier Division table. Brennan knows that it will be a challenge for the Hoops. "We have a massive week ahead of us now because we have to beat UCD in Belfield on Friday and that's not an easy thing to do," Brennan said. "But with the points from Derry behind us we have real confidence going to UCD and we could have a little run of form behind us as we head to play Sligo.

"It was very disappointing to go out of Europe the way we did, we needed to put that behind us and get back on track in the league and I think we have done that now.

"In the last few games there has been big pressure on us and, being honest, we didn't deliver but we stood up to everything in Derry on Friday and got what we needed."

Shamrock Rovers meet UCD at the UCD Bowl at 19.45 BST on Friday evening.