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


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

Ireland were controversially defeated 5-4 on penalties by the Netherlands in their quarter-final clash after Cherry Orchard youngster Corcoran received his marching orders - a second yellow - for leaving his line before saving the fifth Dutch spotter.

However, referee Zbynek Proske showed the shot-stopper his second yellow as an understandably distraught Corcoran dropped to the floor in reaction to the decision.

West Ham and Republic of Ireland defender Declan Rice tweeted after the game saying: 'Worst decision I have ever seen in my life.

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The replay shows minimal movement from Corcoran, who appears to take several quick steps sideways to his right around the time Redan strikes the ball and seemingly moves only after the ball is kicked.

The game had finished 1-1 after 120 minutes of action and the save for which Corcoran was punished would have denied Redan a winning goal and provided the Irish with a lifeline.

Ireland U17 manager Colin O'Brien said that the referee had warned the Dutch goalkeeper twice previously for moving before the whistle had been blown during the shootout.