Kevin Kilbane reacts to Ireland U17s penalty controversy

Ref justice in Euro shoot-out!

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.

Corcoran was off celebrating before referee Zbynek Proske pulled him back to brandish a second yellow card to the keeper for coming off his line early.

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.

It was a tight call but fans were furious after the referee brandished a second yellow card, sending Corcoran off.

Corcoran was understandably distraught after being dismissed.


The junior side had their goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran sent off during the shoot-out after he made the save to send it to sudden-death penalties.

Ireland lost the shootout 5-4, and the Dutch progress to a semi final with hosts England.

Centre-half Oisin McEntee was forced to take over goalkeeping duties but Redan coolly fired home the retaken spot-kick to put the Netherlands through to the last four.

Irish officials immediately took to the pitch after the winning goal to argue with the ref - even the senior team manager Martin O'Neill took expressed his disagreement with the decision.

Corcoran's father told 98FM's Dublin Talks: "We were outraged with the decision but more so we were outraged with the way he treated a very young player".

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