Troy Parrott didn’t have an especially great year. Sent to Millwall in the fall in what was a highly anticipated loan, he barely played due to a bad injury and then getting passed by players already established in the side. Tottenham Hotspur recalled Troy and sent him down a division on loan at League One Ipswich, where he got more minutes but didn’t score a ton of goals.
Troy’s back at Tottenham now, and he’s also being called up by new manager Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland side. He started today in a friendly against Andorra, and came out firing, scoring a brace en route to Ireland’s 4-1 win.
Party Parrott’s first goal was a lovely little individual effort — he dribbles into the box from the left, jukes a couple of defenders and fires a low goal into the bottom left corner to equalize the score at 1-1.
The second goal is almost as impressive — Parrott gets on the end of a deep cross to the back post and heads the ball past Andorra’s hapless keeper to give Ireland a 2-1 lead.
Those were not only Parrott’s first two senior international goals (after a prolific career in the Ireland U-teams), but it’s the first time a player has scored a brace for Ireland in an international match since Daryl Murphy in 2017.
Look, this was just a friendly. Ireland didn’t qualify for the Euros and Andorra isn’t very good making this a great time for Kenny to experiment a bit with younger players. But looking at it another way — if Parrott can score against Andorra, surely he can crush it in the Conference League this fall. Regardless this is going to be a massive confidence booster for Parrott in a year where he really could stand to have something good happen to him.
CAN WE GET THE PARTY PARROTT HYPE TRAIN BACK ON THE TRACKS? CHOO-CHOO!