Refereeing decision robs Ireland under 17's in the European Championship

Posted May 16, 2018

Nearly everyone in the country will have heard the name Jimmy Corcoran after tonight's sensational UEFA u-17 Championship penalty shoot-out as the Republic of Ireland exited the competition in hugely controversial circumstances in Chesterfield.

Defender Oisin McEntee stepped between the posts for the decisive kick, but Redan stepped up for the re-take and fired home to set up a semi-final meeting with England.

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

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

The incident led to widespread criticism of Czech official Zbynek Proske, who was confronted by Ireland senior manager Martin O'Neill as the Dutch celebrated their progression.

The match had ended 1-1 after normal time, with Troy Parrott scoring the Ireland goal.

"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.

Noel Corcoran spoke exclusively to 98FM's Dublin Talks with Adrian Kennedy: "We were outraged with the way he treated a very young player".

"He slept a little bit but he's not feeling a whole lot better but time will fix that. It still is the moment of his career so far but just for the wrong reasons unfortunately".