Saturday 21 September 2019

'What a win, what a team, what a country' - Troy Parrott expresses his joy after brilliant win in Sweden

Ireland captain Jayson Molumby, centre, celebrates with tream-mates
Ireland captain Jayson Molumby, centre, celebrates with tream-mates

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.

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.

"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."

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