Republic of Ireland U-21 1-0 Armenia U-21

Seventeen-year-old Tottenham striker Troy Parrott marked his debut with a goal as Republic of Ireland Under-21s saw off Armenia 1-0 to claim three more European Championship qualifying points.

Parrott's 31st-minute tap-in from the excellent Aaron Connolly's inch-perfect cross was enough to seal a second win of the Group One campaign in as many games in front of a crowd of 3,658 at Tallaght Stadium.

Tougher tests lie ahead for Stephen Kenny's men, but a maximum six points from their opening fixtures against Luxembourg and the Armenians is just what was required.

Ireland might have taken the lead within 16 minutes when Norwich striker Adam Idah found himself in a promising position in front of goal, although he dwelt on the ball and keeper Sevak Aslanyan pounced to deny him.

However, there was nothing Aslanyan could do to deny Parrott 14 minutes before the break when Brighton's Connolly worked his way into space down the left before delivering the perfect cross for the Spurs man to tap home.

Connolly himself might have doubled his side's advantage as the home side finished the half strongly, but they went in at the break just a goal to the good.

The home side created further chances after the break, but were unable to convert any of them to leave the visitors with hope, but they eventually saw out the time without mishap to claim the win.

Ireland controlled the game from start to finish as Adam Idah fired wide in the opening stages and Parrott missed the target from close range in the opening 15 minutes of the game. 

Stephen Kenny's side eventually went ahead through Parrott, but it was the industrious Aaron Connolly who masterminded the goal. Connolly picked up the ball on the half-way line before he drove down the left, cut back and found Parrott in space to finish on the half-hour. 

Ireland continued to press forward throughout the game and had their best chance to double the lead in the 57th minute. A defensive error saw Idah pick up the ball 25 yards out, he found Parrott who hit the post with a low effort and Idah flashed a shot over the bar. 

Despite the narrow scoreline, Armenia rarely challenged as Jonathan Afolabi was introduced during the final stages for his first appearance at U-21 level following his fantastic performances in the U-19 European Championships. 

Republic of Ireland: Caoimhin Kelleher (GK), Lee O'Connor, Darragh Leahy, Conor Masterson, Dara O'Shea, Conor Coventry, Jayson Molumby (C), Adam Idah (Dan Mandroiu 57), Troy Parrott, Aaron Connolly (Jason Knight 89) , Gavin Kilkenny (Zack Elbouzedi 57).

Armenia: Sevak Aslanyan (GK), Hovhannes Nazaryan, Albert Khachumyan, Edgar Grigoryan, Karen Melkonyan, Armen Nahapetyan (Arlen Tsaturyan 82), Vahan Bichakhchyan (Aram Khamoyan 76), Artur Nadiryan (C) (Erik Vardanyan 82), German Kurbashyan (Edgar Movsesyan 69), Rudik Mkrtchyan, Erjanik Ghubasaryan. 

Referee: Fyodar Zammit (MLT)

Attendance: 3,658