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

Martin O'Neill confronts referee after Ireland U17 goalkeeper sent off in penalty shootout

Ireland keeper sent off in U17 Euros shootout

Republic of Ireland Under 17s exited the European Championship in controversial fashion on Monday when goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was sent off during the penalty shoot-out against Holland.

The ref punished the young keeper for coming off his line early to save Dutch spot-kick before ordering the penalty to be retaken.

Irish goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran made a great save, thinking he'd taken the shootout to sudden death, but Czech referee Zbynek Proske ordered a retake.

A distraught Corcoran was in tears as he was forced to hand his goalkeeper shirt to defender Oisin McEntree.

However, the players' confusion and frustration after the red left a sour taste in the mouth, with plenty of questions to be asked - not least of all about the Dutch keeper, who was off his line for the first shoot-out penalty.

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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.

Irish officials remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle with even senior Irish manager Martin O'Neill marching onto the pitch to confront the referee.

Ireland levelled nearly immediately when a clever one-two between Troy Parrott and Jason Knight in the box resulting in the former sweeping home a superb shot.

Corcoran was part of the Republic of Ireland u-16s team that won the Victory Shield for the second year in a row, after defeating Scotland 2-0 in Bangor at the end October last year.

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