Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Ireland Exit Under-17 European Championships In Controversial Shootout

Ireland Exit Under-17 European Championships In Controversial Shootout

In the pantheon of completely ridiculous, over-involved refereeing decisions, the one that essentially decided a UEFA U-17 European Championships semifinal between the Netherlands and Ireland on Monday night belongs pretty close to the top of the list.

Corcoran was adjudged to have encroached off his line during Holland's fifth penalty, and the stopper was sent off for a second yellow card having initially made a brilliant save to keep out Chelsea's Daishawn Redan.

The penalty was forced to be retaken, which Redan did to see the Dutch advance to the semis.

Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed.

Irish officials remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle with even senior Irish manager Martin O'Neill marching onto the pitch to confront the referee.

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Stand-in keeper Oisin McEntee donned the gloves for Redan's retake, but couldn't stop his side from crashing out.

Ireland boss Colin O'Brien claims the referee had twice warned the Dutch keeper for moving off the line early without taking action, before carding Corcoran.

Ireland had forced their way back into the match after the Netherlands capped a spell of dominance by grabbing the lead in the 62nd minute with a powerful header by Liam van Gelderen.

But the Irish were level nearly immediately when a clever one-two between Troy Parrott and Jason Knight in the box resulted in the former sweeping home a superb shot.

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