Tottenham and Ireland striker Troy Parrott was among the goals once again as he helped Spurs’ U18s advance to the next round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday night.
The North London club were handed a difficult draw in the competition’s third round as they faced the holders Liverpool, but a brace from the 17-year-old Irish striker helped Spurs to an impressive 4-2 win.
Parrott opened the scoring in the first 20 minutes from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box and repeated the feat 15 minutes later as he capitalised on some poor Liverpool defending to win another spot-kick which he duly converted.
Liverpool did managed to claw the game back to 2-2 with half an hour to go, but Spurs scored two goals in quick succession in the 76th and 77th minute through Max Robson and Chay Cooper to give them the upper hand once again.
Parrott’s side saw out the game and booked their place in the next round of the competition, impressively knocking out the holders in the process.
Despite his brace from the spot, Tottenham U18s coach Matt Taylor admitted that he felt the Irish international didn’t have his best game in the victory.
“I thought we started quite quietly and reserved but scored two good penalties from Troy, who probably didn’t have one of his greatest nights – although he still got two goals, which was positive – and then we conceded a really disappointing goal towards the end of the first half.
“We made a bad decision, started playing across the pitch as opposed to in the opposition’s half, we got punished and it was a really good finish.
“We spoke at half-time about expecting a reaction and I thought Liverpool were excellent for the first 20 minutes of the second half, they quite deservedly got their goal but we found a way to win the game.”
For Parrott though, it’s two more goals to add to his growing collection at underage level for the club this season, having already bagged six goals in four games in the UEFA Youth League.
There has been calls from many Tottenham fans for Parrott to be given more of a chance in the first team, although Mourinho’s appointment hasn’t seen him included in any squads as of yet – despite his form for the academy sides.