Parrott brace helps Kenny to first senior win with Ireland
A SWIFT Troy Parrott brace helped turn a potential nightmare into an emphatic first victory for Stephen Kenny as Republic of Ireland manager, his side battling back from a goal down to beat Andorra 4-1 this evening.
The Tallaght man was 11 games without a win as senior national team boss coming into this tie and it looked quite probable the wait would continue after Marc Vales headed home for the hosts seven minutes into the second half.
Stephen Kenny recorded his first win as Ireland senior team boss
But Parrott restored parity just before the hour mark when he ran at the Andorra rearguard and shot home.
Three minutes later he had his second and the visitors in front when he rose high at the far post to head Conor Hourihan's delivery down under the body of goalkeeper Iker Álvarez.
Jason Knight put some daylight between the sides when he raced in to get a foot to Daryl Horgan’s dangerous ball in on 84 minutes.
And with just one minute of regulation time remaining, Horgan was rewarded for that assist when he was picked out by Knight and headed home.