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


A Preston North End youngster has been sent off in freaky circumstances as the Republic of Ireland controversially exited the Under 17 European Championships with a penalty shoot-out defeat to the Netherlands.

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.

Alas, for the Irish, referee Zbynek Proske judged Corcoran (correctly) to have been well off his line when making the save.

Was it a yellow card for the Irish keeper? Worse, it may look like Corcoran left his line in real time, but replays actually show that the referee got it wrong.

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.

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

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When play resumed, captain Redan made no mistake from the retake and fired the Netherlands into the semifinals. He was sent-off and replaced by centre-back Oisin McEntee in goal.

Ireland U17 manager Colin O'Brien said that the referee had warned the Dutch goalkeeper twice previously for moving before the whistle had been blown during the shootout.

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 Dutch player scored to put them through 5-4 on penalties.

"He slept a little bit but he's not feeling a whole lot better but time will fix that".