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Parrott secures Ireland success with stoppage-time strike

All three MK Dons internationals enjoy victories on Tuesday night...

30 March 2022

Troy Parrott scored a stoppage-time winner for Republic of Ireland on a night where all three of MK Dons’ internationals secured victories.

Parrott, a second-half substitute, found the net with a stunning 20-yard drive to earn the Boys in Green a 1-0 success over Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium.

Speaking after scoring his first home goal for Ireland, the MK Dons striker said: “It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life – I’m still shaking now!

“Seeing the supporters come out and support us, you just want to give back as much you can and I was blessed to be able to do that.

“I’ve been shooting well all week in training and I didn’t think of doing anything else when the ball fell to me on the edge of the box.”

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny said of Parrott: “He was unlucky not to start and to take the disappointment of that and to still channel that into the game and the impact he had – it was terrific.”

Meanwhile, Conor Coventry captained Republic of Ireland Under-21s to a vital 2-0 away win over Sweden in their latest UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

Coventry put in a determined 90-minute display in the centre of the park to help his side pick up three valuable points against their qualification rivals in Group F.

Ireland remain third in Group F, four points behind now-leaders Italy but are now just one point off a play-off spot.

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Also on the winning side on Tuesday night was Kaine Kesler Hayden, who came off the bench to aid England Under-20s in their 3-1 triumph over Germany at the JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester.

Kesler Hayden, who played 72 minutes on Friday evening, featured for just over half an hour as the Young Lions comfortably saw off Germany in front of over 8,000 supporters.

England are now above Germany in the Under-20 Elite League table, two points behind leaders Italy but have played one game fewer.

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