Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Ireland Exit Under-17 European Championships In Controversial Shootout

Ireland Exit Under-17 European Championships In Controversial Shootout

Cape Town - Ireland were knocked out in weird fashion at the Under-17 European Championship by Holland after goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was sent off during a penalty shoot-out for encroachment.

One of the most highly controversial moments in Irish football occurred when a shockingly freakish refereeing decision ordered a Dutch penalty to be retaken, sent off the Irish keeper, and put an end to the Boys In Green's European championships in one fell swoop.

While Corcoran denied Redan, referee Proske deemed the goalkeeper to have moved off his line in advance of the shot and surprisingly issued the...

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Worse still, the ref then brandished a yellow card in the direction of the perplexed keeper, which turned out to be his second of the game, leaving him crestfallen on the floor with his head in his hands. Worse, it may look like Corcoran left his line in real time, but replays actually show that the referee got it wrong.

Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed.

If Daishawn Redan scored, the Netherlands were through.

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Ireland goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran then made a simply superb diving stop to deny Iwan Redan's effort, and thus set up a potential winning kick for his country.

Manager of the Republic of Ireland senior team Martin O'Neill was on the pitch after the Netherlands controversially saw off Ireland on penalties to leave our Euro hopes in the dust.

Corcoran's father told 98FM's Dublin Talks: "We were outraged with the decision but more so we were outraged with the way he treated a very young player".

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"He slept a little bit but he's not feeling a whole lot better but time will fix that".

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