Ireland fans left outraged as U17 goalkeeper sent off after saving penalty

Jeppe Pedersen of Denmark is challenged by Adam O'Reilly

Jeppe Pedersen of Denmark is challenged by Adam O'Reilly

Football is a cruel game, juxtapositioned with moments of extreme joy and devastating despair, both of which were on full show during the Under-17 European Championships quarter-final between Netherlands and Republic of Ireland, with the Irish knocked-out of the competition in bewildering fashion.

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

Instead, Proske gave the Cherry Orchard keeper a second yellow for encroaching from his line. Worse, it may look like Corcoran left his line in real time, but replays actually show that the referee got it wrong.

Just like the Dutch keeper does during the save he makes from Ireland's first penalty.

With substitutions during a shootout not permitted, centre half Oisin McEntee went into goals and was beaten by Chelsea's Daishawn Redan.


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 game at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium had finished 1-1 after the regulation 80 minutes, Tony Parrott equalising for Ireland after the Dutch took the lead, and went straight to a penalty shoot-out.

The junior side had their goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran sent off during the shoot-out after he made the save to send it to sudden-death penalties.

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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