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

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

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

Despite his side's cruel exit from the European U17 Championships on Monday evening, Ireland captain Nathan Collins remained remarkably composed during the post-match interview with RTÉ's Tony O'Donoghue.

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.

Ireland keeper Jimmy Corcoran batted his attempt away.

Adam Idah put in a barnstorming performance against the Netherlands on Monday night, only to suffer the harshest of defeats by way of a missed penalty and a bad refereeing decision.

Then, everything started going a bit bonkers.

The Irish were on the verge of elimination at 4-4 until goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran saved Daishawn Redan's penalty - only for referee Zbynek Proske to award a retake, penalise Corcoran for encroachment and give him a second yellow card.

Fans, pundits and seemingly everyone watching were furious.

"We were outraged with the way (the referee) treated a very young player".

As for how Oisin is feeling after the incident?

"He slept a little bit but he's not feeling a whole lot better but time will fix that". The second is that the level of maturity shown by the former Douglas Community School striker makes us all the more confident that Idah has the ability and mentality to bounce back and continue his domineering ascension to football's top ranks.

Martin O'Neill, who was attending the game, was seen confronting Proske at full time. "It just hasn't come our way today".

Expect this to rumble on.

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