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Conor Coventry helps Republic of Ireland U21s to impressive win

Conor Coventry and Ireland U21s

West Ham United youngster Conor Coventry played his part in an impressive Republic of Ireland U21s victory in 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.

Travelling to Sweden looking to maintain their perfect start to the campaign, the Boys in Green fell behind early on in Kalmar to Mattias Svanberg's curling effort after 18 minutes.

Once again donning the No6 shirt in the centre of midfield, Coventry linked the play well to help the team fight back, the Irish missing several gilt-edged chances in the first half, but gradually beginning to dominate proceedings as the match went on.

Another brilliant opportunity went begging in the 63rd minute when Brighton forward Aaron Connolly's penalty was saved by Pontus Dahlberg in the home goal, but the visitors would get the goal their play deserved six minutes later.

A throw-in from the left led to a blocked cross, and when the ball fell out to Tottenham's Troy Parrott, he ruthlessly lashed the ball into the roof of the net for his second goal in two games.

It wasn't until late on, however, that the scoreline reflected Coventry and Ireland's control of the match, Conor Masterson heading home a corner with three minutes remaining before Parrott grabbed his second deep into injury time.

The result puts Stephen Kenny's side at the top of Group A in the 2021 Euro Under-21 qualifiers, and in pole position to secure a place in the tournament, which will take place across Hungary and Slovenia in June 2021.

If Coventry and his side can continue to pull the strings in games as they have done against Sweden and Albania this week, they'll feel confident ahead of their next qualification challenge: hosting Italy U21s on 10 October.

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