Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

European Under-17 Championship: Red-card drama as Republic exit on penalties

European Under-17 Championship: Red-card drama as Republic exit on penalties

Ireland's U17's have been knocked out of the 1/4 final of the European Championship's in controversial circumstances.

Corcoran pulled off an impressive save to keep Holland's fifth and decisive spot-kick from Daishawn Redan out and to seemingly keep his side's hopes alive.

Jimmy was duly red-carded and an outfield player had to go betweren the posts for the re-take which the Dutch scored.

The game was decided in weird 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.

However, the referee deemed Corcoran to have moved off his line before the ball was struck and he ordered the penalty to be retaken.

A distraught Corcoran was eventually helped from the floor and off the pitch by teammates.

The "I can't believe this" reaction from Jimmy Corcoran says it all.

"Referee is correct in law if in his opinion the keeper has come off his line before the kick has been taken", Halsey said.

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.

However, replays showed that Corcoran's forward movement was minimal and the teenager was left inconsolable by the decision.

The incident led to widespread criticism of Czech official Zbynek Proske, who was confronted by Ireland senior manager Martin O'Neill as the Dutch celebrated their progression.

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