INTERVIEW: Parrott & Holt On Ireland's Double Dutch Tests

(03 Feb 2017)

By Jamie Moore













Belvo boys Brandon Holt and Troy Parrott don’t have much time to reflect on their latest international adventure.

Having spent much of last week in Holland with the Ireland U15s, the boys are getting ready to travel to Limerick with Belvo for their All Ireland game on Saturday.

They did though find the time to chat to BelvedereFC.Com after arriving home on Friday evening.

Ireland lost their opening match 5-1, Troy got the only goal.

They drew their second match 1-1 on Thursday.

The boys started both games.

Troy made the comparison between the two.

“The only difference between the two games was that they took their chances in the first one, we missed a few good opportunities ourselves at 2-1 and even hit the post, we maybe could have had a peno too, but yes it was a harsh lesson and we didn’t like losing by that score.”













Scoring goals has been something Parrott has got used to over the years, but he didn’t even celebrate his strike on Tuesday.

“My goal made it 2-1 and it felt great to score for my country but I didn't think of celebrating, I just got the ball and ran back to the centre circle to try to get on with the game.”

The young boys in green were much improved in the second match, as midfielder Brandon explains.

“We learned the hard way that you can't make silly mistakes at this level because they will be punished. We were a lot more compact and every player upped their game for the second match, we probably should have won it as we made some good chances.”

Brandon says the variety of different sessions that Head Coach Jason Donohue and his staff put on helps the players when it comes to match day.

“We always focus on something different in each of the sessions. From attacking play to defending to set pieces and that kind of thing, that gets us ready for the different situations we’ll face in the games.”












Part of the international experience includes a lot of work away from the training pitch.

Regular team meetings help the players individually, their units on the pitch and the team overall.

Troy told us how those meetings worked and how they helped improve the performance and result from the 5-1 defeat on Tuesday to the 1-1 draw on Thursday.

“We did some video work and had a team meeting to go over a few things from the first game to help us learn from our mistakes and that definitely helped us in the second match. We went 1-0 up and could have won the game. We were so much better on Thursday but unfortunately didn't get the win.”

So what differences did Brandon find between playing in Poland late last year and these latest games against Netherlands.

“The Dutch were better technically and maybe physically so it was a much bigger test than the Polish games I think. We all got on great and really created a good team ethic and you can see how far we came as a team from the silence of walking into the assessments back in Dublin after the Kennedy Cup.”












Those experiences will hopefully continue for the boys as Ireland play Czech Republic and Norway later in the year.

Brandon, Troy and Alex Dunne, who was in the squad for the Dutch games but had to pull out through injury, have all been in every Ireland squad since the Hibernia Cup at the start of the season.

Holt is taking nothing for granted though.

“Yeah it’s nice to have been in all the squads so far and to have played in the games but I don't take anything for granted. I know I need to keep working hard and improving at anything the coaches with Ireland or Belvo suggest.”










Ireland’s all time top goal-scorer Robbie Keane joined coach Damien Duff and Donohue for a session at Abbotstown before the team flew off last weekend.

Troy says the ex internationals still have it in their locker.

“It was great to train with Robbie. He's achieved so much and I hope to do something similar, him and Damien Duff link up so well together and they still have so many skills in their locker, it was kind of strange to have them actually playing in the session, there’s not too many lads our age who can say they’ve trained with those too.”

His focus is back on Belvo and an important game on Saturday afternoon.

“We have a big game in Limerick in the All Ireland tomorrow, this is the furthest we've ever got and we are not planning to stop now. It’s great playing for Belvo and I haven’t seen the lads in awhile so it will be good to see them and get back on the pitch and hopefully score a couple of goals.”











Brandon on the other hand is “aiming for trophies” as Belvo begin 2017 tomorrow.

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