Monday, 28 May, 2018

Refereeing decision robs Ireland under 17's in the European Championship

Martin O'Neill confronts referee after Ireland U17 goalkeeper sent off in penalty shootout Ireland keeper sent off in U17 Euros shootout
Marlene Weaver | 16 May, 2018, 01:08

Republic of Ireland Under 17s exited the European Championship in controversial fashion on Monday when goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was sent off during the penalty shoot-out against Holland. With the Irish missing their first penalty, Corcoran needed to save Daishawn Redan's kick to keep the tie alive.

The game was decided in freaky and controversial circumstances as Corcoran thought he had saved the Netherlands final penalty in the shoot-out, only for the referee to rule that he had advanced off his line too early, showing the goalkeeper a second yellow card and ordering the penalty to be re-taken.

Inexplicably, Proske then shocked all watching at Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, UK, by astoundingly showing Corcoran a second yellow card, resulting in a red and his dismissal, reducing the young shot stopper to tears.

Defender Oisin McEntee stepped between the posts for the decisive kick, but Redan stepped up for the re-take and fired home to set up a semi-final meeting with England.

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The Netherlands went on to win the shoot-out 5-4 after the game had ended 1-1.

Ireland senior manager Martin O'Neill, who was there to watch the match with assistant Roy Keane, was seen running on the pitch to remonstrate with the referee.

The referee's decision was also met with outrage by many Irish fans online, with some claiming the Dutch goalkeeper was also guilty of coming off his line early.

The Republic had fallen behind to a Elayis Tavsan header, but were back on level terms two minutes later through Spurs striker Troy Parrott.

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