Date: 15th May 2018 at 8:13am
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Having written him up to be the next big thing in the Norwich City Academy, a couple of days ago, Adam Idah and his Irish team mates have exited the U17 European Championships in bizarre circumstances.

The Republic Of Ireland youngsters had reached the Quarter Final stage of the U17 Euros and faced the Netherlands last night.

The Dutch had taken the lead only for Tottenham’s Troy Parrott to equalise in the 64th minute from a move that Adam Idah started.

It was all very tense then, with neither side wanting to concede and that brought us to a penalty shootout.

Idah took the first penalty but it was saved as the Dutch keeper guessed the right way.

What then followed was as bizarre a situation as you’ll ever see.

The next eight penalties all went in and ROI Keeper, Joey Corcoran looked to have saved Daishawn Redan’s (he plays for Chelsea, obviously) next spot kick, only for the Czech referee Zbynek Proske to intervene in a dramatic way.

Mr Proske judged that Corcoran had come forward off his line and showed him a yellow card. He’d already collected one and so, was sent off. Incredible scenes.

That meant that centre-back Oisin McEntee had to take over in goal. Redan then kept his nerve to score the retaken penalty. Holland now face England in the semi-final on Thursday.

As soon as the shootout was finished, senior ROI manager Martin O’Neill, rushed onto the pitch to confront the referee, who was quickly taken away from the situation. Martin was not happy, I can tell you.

Getting back to what I said at the start, Adam Idah is still the next big thing coming out of the Norwich Academy.

Stuff happens, as they say.

OTBC

 

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