The Ireland under-17s bowed out of the 2018 European Championships in contentious and bizarre circumstances.
The boys in green faced the Netherlands in the quarter-final of the competition, and a close 1-1 draw over the 80 minutes meant that a penalty shootout was necessary in order to determine who would advance to face England in the semi-finals.
Ireland’s Adam Idah missed the first penalty of the shootout. The next eight shots went in, to see the tie delicately poised at 4-4 with the Oranje’s Daishawn Redan stepping up to attempt to win the match.
His shot was brilliantly saved by Irish goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran, but the youngster was given his second yellow card for disputably moving off the line too early.
Oisin McEntee, who is a defender by trade, was forced to go in-goal for the penalty that was to be retaken. Redan made no mistake the second time as Ireland crashed out of the tournament in scandalous scenes.
Manager of the senior Ireland squad, Martin O’Neill, was present to give his support to the teenage side, and immediately consoled an understandably distraught Corcoran.
After this, he headed straight for the referee to question the decision.
We’re sure an unhappy O’Neill had plenty to say to the referee, but for the official’s sake, he should be thankful that it wasn’t Ireland’s assistant manager Roy Keane who stormed over to him.