Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Ireland U17 goalkeeper gets sent off... during a penalty shootout

Ref justice in Euro shoot-out! Martin O'Neill confronts referee after Ireland U17 goalkeeper sent off in penalty shootout
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 09:48

League of Ireland clubs are trying to bridge a yawning gap in producing talent, but if Ireland are to keep having a say in events like the U17 Euro finals, then figures in the game need to have a say.

Ireland goalkeeper James Corcorcan looked like the hero of the night after saving Daishawn Redan's penalty, but what followed was completely unexpected.

Jimmy saved the 5th penalty to tie it at 4-4 after the sides finished level (1-1) after 80 minutes.

Not only that, but the ref showed Corcoran a second yellow card and sent him off.

Ireland centre-back Oisin McEntee was then forced to take over in between the sticks, but was unable to save Redan's retaken spot-kick, which was sacked into exactly the same spot as before, except this time it hit the back of the net as the Netherlands progressed through to the semi-finals of the competition.

Indeed, former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise took to Twitter to write: "He should be banned for a long time!"

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Martin O'Neill confronted Czech referee Zbynek Proske after the game while Eamon Dunphy labelled the official "out of his depth" in his Irish Daily Star column on Tuesday.

The penalty was ordered to be retaken, but before it was, Corcocan was sent off.

Vincent Butler, a stalwart of Belvedere and a man who helped start off countless careers, including that of Wes Hoolahan and Parrott, one of the Irish U17 stars over the last week.

"I think he said something about coming off his line earlier, and he warned the Dutch keeper twice as well", Irish manager Colin O'Brien told Ireland broadcaster RTE.

It's disappointment for Ireland, but Corcoran can expect a warm welcome and bags of support upon his return from the tournament.