It was a day to remember for young Spurs striker Troy Parrott yesterday, as the 19 year old who is on loan at League One side Ipswich Town scored his first goal in senior football, as he scored the winner in a 1-0 league win over Plymouth Argyle at Portman Road. It was another hardworking performance from the Irishman, and all of that hard work on the pitch since he joined Ipswich on loan was richly rewarded by him scoring that first goal. Parrott started just behind Ipswich centre forward Kayden Jackson on Saturday, a position which he has played in throughout his time in Suffolk. Early on in the game and after Gwion Edwards headed the ball to Kayden Jackson, the Ipswich centre tried to head it back to Edwards on the right flank, but the ball was interpreted by Plymouth’s Adam Lewis who ran back down the flank before passing the ball across the Plymouth penalty area towards goalkeeper Michael Copper. However, the pass wasn’t accurate enough and it was met by the run of Parrott who calmly took the ball around Cooper and slotted the ball into the empty net, resulting in a large number of Ipswich players crowding around Parrott to celebrate the goal with him. Paul Cook’s Ipswich side dominated the match during the opening stages of the game, and after Kayden Jackson went on a forward run down the right flank he squared the ball to Parrott inside the Plymouth box, and it looked as if he was about to score his second goal of the game. However, the Dubliner’s first time side footed effort was well blocked by a Plymouth defender at the decisive moment. An inviting ball deep into the Plymouth box from Gwion Edwards would have been met at the back post by Parrott but for Plymouth goalkeeper Michael Copper jumping up to catch the ball in time.
Troy was looking confident out on the pitch for Ipswich and as always he was pressing well and playing with plenty of energy about him. After a good run from Ipswich’s Flynn Downes the midfielder passed the ball to Parrott inside the Plymouth box, but after taking a touch his effort towards the goal was blocked by Plymouth’s Kelland Watts. Despite that being in the first half, that was in fact Troy’s last real attacking involvement in the game from a forwards sense, as from the start of the second half Plymouth enjoyed a really good spell in the game and as a result of this Ipswich had very few chances in Plymouth’s final third. However, this was another good and hardworking performance from the very talented Troy Parrott and I would like to congratulate him on scoring his first goal in senior football, but his work off the ball in every game that he has played in for Ipswich has also been really important to the team, in my opinion. Troy was replaced by Cole Skuse in the 64th minute of the game, but he could well start for Ipswich in their next game which is against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.