Scoring late winner “one of the best feelings” for Parrott


Troy Parrott admitted scoring the Republic of Ireland’s match-winner against Lithuania was “one of the best feelings.” Parrott came off the bench to score a superb last minute goal for Stephen Kenny’s side.
The Dubliner said: “It was honestly one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life. By far. By far. To score the winner that late in the Aviva in front of the home fans, maybe a mile or so away from me house, is honestly incredible.” He had a feeling that it was going in when the shot cleared the first of the Lithuanians standing between him and the net but, clinical and powerful as the shot was, he had already done so much work to give himself the chance of launching it.
“When Conor (Hourihane) was going to cross the ball I was too far away from getting into the box so I kind of tried to read where the second ball was going to land and it fell straight to me. It felt like the ball was never going to come down. I had to take two touches before I could get the shot off but, as I said, I’m over the moon.”
It was Parrott’s third goal for the Republic and according to his manager they’ve all come at times when Ireland needed goals. Parrott said: “It’s a good trait to have. As a sub or as a starter, all you want to do is have an impact on the game.” He had done that almost as soon as he was brought on with one shot sailing well wide and another producing a sensational fingertip save from the Lithuanian goalkeeper Dziugas Bartkus just when it seemed he had given Ireland a winner as the clock approached 90.”
He added: “It’s been a really good week and, as I said earlier in the week, most of the work is done in training. It’s so important and especially for me. All week I feel like I’ve trained to the best that I can and you reap the rewards for that.”