'What a win, what a team, what a country' - Troy Parrott expresses his joy after brilliant win in Sweden
Two-goal Troy Parrott has expressed his joy after his sublime double helped secure three well-deserved and vital points away to Sweden
The win - Ireland's third in a row of the campaign - puts them a commanding position to at least clinch a play-off for the 2021 European Championship finals.
What a win, what a team, what a county 💚 https://t.co/lXQkRtZxd7— Troy Parrott (@troyparrott9) September 10, 2019
Great shift and result tonight! Character shown was unbelievable!!! 🇮🇪 we go again👊🏻 https://t.co/gK3fwoBiAp— Darragh Leahy (@Darraghleahy98) September 10, 2019
Ireland were a goal down at the break but were the better side in that opening 45.
And after the break, Stephen Kenny's men turned on the style to dominate their opponents with Parrott levelling matters before Conor Masterson headed the lead goal five minutes from time and Parrott again ensured all three points with an audacious finish.
Troy Parrott was among several of the players to express their joy on social media afterwards.
"What a win, what a team, what a country," wrote Parrott.
🎥 | "The courage of the players was incredible..."#IRLU21🇮🇪 manager Stephen Kenny was full of praise for his players after their incredible 3-1 win over Sweden 🙌— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) September 10, 2019
What a performance! #COYBIG 👍 pic.twitter.com/IIfcoIhHD5
"There's no question that we deserved the victory," a jubilant Stephen Kenny said afterwards. "We could have won it by any amount.
"The players showed so much courage after suffering a lot of set-backs in the game.
"We missed a penalty, had a goal disallowed and their goalkeeper produced a brilliant performance.
"When we lost our way for a 15-minute period in the first half, Sweden played well and capitalised with the opener. It was a brilliant strike by their captain.
"But we kept playing and were unlucky not to be level at half-time. We were utterly dominant in that second half. Although we still needed Caoimhin Kelleher to make a few saves, we scored three times and created many other chances."