Tuesday 18 September 2018

Brennan revels in hitting back at his raucous Rovers critics

Brennan celebrates infront of Shamrock Rovers supporters after scoring his side's second goal during the match between St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Brennan celebrates infront of Shamrock Rovers supporters after scoring his side's second goal during the match between St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

When it comes to Killian Brennan and Shamrock Rovers, it really is personal.

The St Patrick's Athletic midfielder had two unhappy spells at Tallaght, and Rovers fans like to let him know about it.

In return, Brennan takes every opportunity he can to revel in Rovers disappointments. When the Saints were awarded a late penalty in Inchicore on Friday in front of the away end, the 34-year-old wrestled off the attention of team-mates to grab the ball and seal a 2-0 win.

The Drogheda man happily taunted Hoops followers in the aftermath. He followed it up on social media later in the night, and makes no apologies for it.

In fact, Brennan has taken to posting regularly on Twitter after Rovers defeats, a legacy of his departure from the club at the end of the 2016 season when Stephen Bradley took control.

His brother, Gavin, also departed Rovers on fractious terms. Another Brennan brother, Ryan, also went through the Tallaght exit door and made his way to Inchicore via Bray.

Killian, who is the eldest, says he dishes it out to make a point.

"It hasn't happened for them when we were there, and it hasn't happened for them since we left," he said. "The thing that frustrates me is that they take it out on myself and my brothers.

"I'm not going to stand back and take that. If they opened their eyes, they would see we are good footballers but they don't seem to think that.

"If we get stick, why not give it back? I get sick of Rovers fans saying Brennan this and Brennan that when they should be concentrating on their own team.

"I was getting barrels of abuse on Friday, so there was nobody taking the penalty off me."

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