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Republic of Ireland 1-0 Lithuania: Last-gasp Troy Parrott goal clinches friendly win

By Matt GaultBBC Sport NI
Parrott celebrates his goal
Parrott rifled home a brilliant shot in the 97th minute

Substitute Troy Parrott's superb strike, seven minutes into added time, lifted the Republic of Ireland to a 1-0 friendly win over Lithuania in Dublin.

Parrott arrowed an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner with virtually the last kick of the game as the Irish backed up Saturday's draw against Belgium with a hard-fought win.

The goal came after the Republic had four goals disallowed for offside.

The result stretches the home side's unbeaten run to eight games.

Parrott's piledriver was met with a mix of elation and relief as the 20-year-old forward, on loan at MK Dons from Tottenham, intervened to settle a game that had brought nothing but frustration for the Republic.

Up against a deep and stubborn Lithuania defence, Stephen Kenny's side managed to put the ball in the back of the net on four occasions before the winner despite operating below the energetic levels that earned them a creditable 2-2 draw with Belgium.

Chiedozie Ogbene was twice foiled by the linesman's flag while Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan also had efforts ruled out.

Parrott's stunning intervention will further boost the feelgood factor around this Irish team as Kenny prepares to switch focus to June's Nations League triple-header against Ukraine, Armenia and Scotland.

Parrott responds to Kenny praise in style

Despite the fourth official's board having indicated five minutes added time, the clock had ticked into the 97th minute before Parrott popped up to devastating effect.

After Lithuania half-cleared a Hourihane cross, the forward - who had earlier been denied by Lithuania keeper Dziugas Bartkus' flying save - took two touches, set himself and lashed a rasping effort into the bottom-left corner.

It was Parrott's third international goal, his first at home, and it comes less than a week after Kenny praised the young striker for "knuckling down" at MK Dons following a difficult spell in his fledgling career.

Long touted as a prospective Republic star after a string of excellent performances for the under-21s, Parrott's inability to break into the Tottenham first team saw him take in loan periods at Millwall and Ipswich before agreeing a season-long stint with MK Dons.

With five goals for the League One side this season, his strike against Lithuania was a reminder of how clinical he can be, and will undoubtedly aid his quest to push himself into Kenny's starting line-up before the upcoming Nations League.

Parrott and Kenny celebrate after the game
Kenny last week praised Parrott's work ethic at MK Dons having failed to break through at Tottenham

Having held an understrength Belgium on Saturday, Kenny opted to rotate with six changes, including first starts for Wigan striker Keane and Burnley defender Nathan Collins.

Another player brought in was Ryan Manning and the Swansea full-back made an early impact when he sprung down the left and crossed for Ogbene to fire home, but the forward's celebrations were cut short when the linesman raised his flag for offside.

That close call failed to spark the Republic into life during a drab first half and their frustration deepened after the restart when Hourihane's effort was ruled out because Callum Robinson and Keane were standing in an offside position in front of Bartkus.

Ogbene then had a second effort chalked off before Hogan's 95th-minute effort was ruled out.

Tottenham full-back Doherty was dangerous throughout but missed three chances, while John Egan had a header saved, leaving the stage clear for Parrott to provide a spectacular conclusion to an otherwise forgettable friendly.

Line-ups

R. of Ireland

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Kelleher
  • 12Collins
  • 5Egan
  • 18O'SheaSubstituted forMcCleanat 63'minutes
  • 10Doherty
  • 14BrowneSubstituted forHendrickat 82'minutes
  • 8Hourihane
  • 3Manning
  • 20OgbeneSubstituted forKnightat 82'minutes
  • 9KeaneSubstituted forParrottat 63'minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forHoganat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Coleman
  • 4Duffy
  • 6Cullen
  • 11McClean
  • 13Hendrick
  • 15Parrott
  • 16Talbot
  • 17Knight
  • 19Hogan
  • 21Sykes
  • 22Molumby
  • 23O'Leary

Lithuania

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Bartkus
  • 23Baravykas
  • 6Satkus
  • 2Klimavicius
  • 8Vaitkunas
  • 4MilasiusSubstituted forKazlauskasat 45'minutes
  • 17LasickasSubstituted forSirvysat 82'minutes
  • 5Utkus
  • 14SlivkaBooked at 56mins
  • 10ChernykhBooked at 75minsSubstituted forSirgedasat 87'minutes
  • 21KlimaviciusSubstituted forKruzikasat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sirvys
  • 7Sirgedas
  • 9Jankauskas
  • 12Gertmonas
  • 13Mikoliunas
  • 15Kruzikas
  • 16Plukas
  • 18Verbickas
  • 19Kazlauskas
  • 22Kucys
Referee:
Bram van Driessche
Attendance:
30,686

Match Stats

Home TeamR. of IrelandAway TeamLithuania
Possession
Home78%
Away22%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Lithuania 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Lithuania 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Republic of Ireland 1, Lithuania 0. Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Republic of Ireland. Jeff Hendrick tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Republic of Ireland).

  6. Post update

    Ignas Kruzikas (Lithuania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Dziugas Bartkus.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Rolandas Baravykas (Lithuania).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Egan (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Knight with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Donatas Kazlauskas (Lithuania).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Lithuania. Gratas Sirgedas replaces Fedor Chernykh.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Lithuania. Pijus Sirvys replaces Justas Lasickas.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Jeff Hendrick replaces Alan Browne.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Jason Knight replaces Chiedozie Ogbene.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Egidijus Vaitkunas (Lithuania).

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