The Republic of Ireland have lost their U17 European Championship quarter final in the most cruel fashion.

After forcing penalties with the Netherlands in a 1-1 draw in Chesterfield, Ireland looked poised to take the spot-kicks to sudden death with James Corcoran saving.

However, he received a second yellow card for a supposed infraction by stepping off his line and the Dutch were allowed to retake the penalty in question to progress 5-4 on spot kicks.

Ireland senior manager Martin O’Neill was so incensed that he came down onto the pitch to protest to the referee.

Troy Parrott’s equaliser had cancelled out Liam van Gelderen’s lead goal for the Netherlands.

Ireland’s Tyriek Wright in action against Jurien Maduro of the Netherlands at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield, England. Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Sportsfile

– Digital desk

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