IRELAND Under 17s have been dealt the most cruellest of blows after a bizarre refereeing decision seen the Irish dumped out of the competition.
Their game with the Netherlands went to a penalty shootout and Ireland needed to save the penalty to stay in the fight. However, the goalkeeper does what many keepers try and do and steal a yard off his line.
After making the save and celebrating the referee proceeded to give goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran a second yellow for doing so and demanded a retake.
A defender had to go in goals for the retake and Netherlands converted to the despair of the Irish.
A truly extraordinary decision on a night with so much at stake for the youngsters.