Wick­low lads at the cen­tre of penalty shoot-out de­ba­cle

Bray People - - SPORT -

TWO young men from Co. Wick­low were at the cen­tre of the penalty shoot-out de­ba­cle that ended the Repub­lic of Ire­land U-17s Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships hopes on Mon­day evening at Proact Sta­dium in Ch­ester­field, Eng­land.

Ire­land took on Hol­land in the quar­ter-fi­nal and with the sides tied at 1-1 at the end of nor­mal time, the match im­me­di­ately went to penal­ties as per UEFA rules.

Ire­land missed their first one but net­ted the next four to leave the pres­sure on Nether­lands cap­tain Daishawn Redan.

If he scored, his side ad­vanced to the last four.

Should he fail, sud­den death would be re­quired.

He stepped up and Ire­land goal­keeper Jimmy Cor­co­ran kept it out.

But the ref­eree then deemed that Cor­co­ran had ad­vanced off his line and - with Cor­co­ran hav­ing been booked ear­lier - the ref­eree dis­missed the Ire­land shot-stop­per.

A de­fender then had to don the gloves for the re­take and was beaten to end Ire­land’s dreams in far­ci­cal fash­ion.

For Grey­stones’ Cal­lum Thomp­son and Ark­low’s Max Mur­phy, it was par­tic­u­larly hard to take as they had both con­verted their 12-yarders to ramp up the pres­sure on the Dutch.

Mur­phy suc­ceeded with Ire­land’s third spot kick so it was all eyes on Thomp­son for Ire­land’s fifth penalty as a miss from him would have sealed Ire­land’s faith there and then.

But the Wolves young­ster kept his cool.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to both Max and Cal­lum for play­ing their part in their na­tional side’s won­der­ful ad­ven­ture. Hope­fully both will have bright fu­tures in the game.

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