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

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

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

The Republic of Ireland were made pay for the sins of the opposition according to Colin O'Brien as the Under 17s made a cruel exit at the quarter final stage of the European Championships.

The referee felt Corcoran had moved off his line before the kick was taken and gave the goalkeeper a second yellow card.

Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed. The resulting finale was pretty much a disgrace; Corcoran was forced to hand his Irish jersey and gloves to teammate Oisín McEntee - a central defender who is not a goalkeeper - and despite his best efforts, Redan scored easily to book the Oranje's place in the tournament semifinals.

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Ireland's number one guessed correctly to deny Daishawn Redan a winning goal from 12 yards with the score at 4-4 in the shootout.

The father of the Republic of Ireland U17 player at the centre of the penalty shootout controversy says his son endured a sleepless night.

As the Dutch wheeled away in triumph after a 5-4 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the end of the game, Corcoran broke down in tears and was comforted by his team-mates.

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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.

The referee's decision was also met with outrage by many Irish fans online, with some claiming the Dutch goalkeeper was also guilty of coming off his line early.

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