Ireland keeper sent off in U17 Euros shootout


Ireland's penalty shootout exit to the Netherlands at the Under-17 European Championships last night was marred by a controversial sending-off. With the Irish missing their first penalty, Corcoran needed to save Daishawn Redan's kick to keep the tie alive.

His celebrations were cruelly cut short when Czech referee Zbyněk Proske ordered the penalty to be retaken as he adjudged Corcoran to have moved off his line before Proske blew his whistle.

Dutch captain Redan stepped up to retake the penalty and fired the ball the same way but this time beat stand-in keeper McEntee to send Holland through to the semi-finals.

Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed.

Manager of the Republic of Ireland senior team Martin O'Neill was on the pitch after the Netherlands controversially saw off Ireland on penalties to leave our Euro hopes in the dust.

"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.

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.

Noel Corcoran spoke exclusively to 98FM's Dublin Talks with Adrian Kennedy: "We were outraged with the way he treated a very young player". This is football and that's why we play sport; for the ups and downs.