Watch: Inconsolable young goalie collapses in tears after getting sent off midway through penalty shootout

A young goalkeeper was visibly heartbroken after he was sent off by the referee midway through a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals of the U17 European Championship.

After a 1-1 draw between Ireland and the Netherlands couldn't be broken up in extra time yesterday, James Corcoran looked to give the Irish the upper hand when he saved the Dutch side's fifth spot-kick.

But the fairytale story quickly became a nightmare referee Zbynek Proske ruled the save invalid and issued Corcoran a yellow card for coming off his line to illegally block the shot.

With the yellow being Corcoran's second in the match, he was also sent off as a result.

The young keeper collapsed in tears at the sight of red and had to be comforted by his teammates before finally handing over his gloves and goalkeeper shirt to defender Oisin McEntee.

The Dutch didn't falter in their second attempt, slotting home the goal and advancing to the semi-finals as a result.

Irish officials immediately took to the pitch after the winning goal to argue with the ref - even the senior team manager Martin O'Neill took expressed his disagreement with the decision.

The Netherlands now play England in the semi-finals while Italy and Belgium face off on the other side of the bracket.



Olympic champion Usain Bolt set to start in Mariners final trial game

Usain Bolt believes Friday's trial match could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt is expected to start for the first time since arriving at the A-League club in August in the hope of beginning a professional soccer career.

"This is going to be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career," said Bolt of the match against a select Macarthur South West United team.

After being used as a winger in his first brief trial appearance in late August, the retired track great hinted at a positional change for the match at Sydney's Campbelltown Stadium.

Not only has coach Mike Mulvey raised the prospect of starting with Bolt, but also deploying him further up the pitch in the frontline.

With Mulvey likely to play a strong line-up, Bolt is keen to show how much improvement he has made by working with the first team.
"(Mulvey) said he wants to play me up top more," Bolt said.

"The couple of games that I played, I didn't play with the first team.

"There's a few first-team boys in the team for Friday. So I'll get different service, better service, because they're more seasoned and more mature.

"So he just told me to make sure I'm focused and push myself, and I'll just take the chances when I get them."

Bolt has undergone one-on-one sessions on top of the team's training program in a bid to fast-track his development.

And the 32-year-old is taking his first run-on start as an indication that the coaching staff are pleased by the progress he has made with his conditioning and touch.

"That's always a good step, when coaches are satisfied with the fitness to put me in the starting line-up. That's always a big step," Bolt said.

"I can say I've been improving, (but) you won't know what level you're at until you actually play a competitive game.

"I've just got to go out there and play and see what I need to do or if I should continue if not. I'm just pushing myself, I think I've put in a lot of work.

"Now it's just to go out there and execute."

The Mariners open their A-League season against the Brisbane Roar on Sunday week.

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Source: Photosport



TVNZ FC video podcast: Chaos inside NZ Football and it's tight at the top in the Premier League

TVNZ FC is back once again, and what a week of football it's been.

Special guest 1 NEWS Sport's Michelle Prendiville joins the boys for an inside look into the chaotic end to Andreas Heraf's reign as Football Ferns coach.

We ponder why the All Whites aren't up to anything during this month's international break.

Jose Mourinho survives for another week in charge of Manchester United, coming back from the brink to defeat winless Newcastle.

Meanwhile Manchester City blow the chance to assert themselves as the Premier League's front-runners.

The pressure's starting to mount in the Spanish capital, are Julen Lopetegui's days in charge of Real Madrid numbered?

And one of the world's great defenders calls it quits, but how will John Terry be remembered for his antics off the pitch?

Chris Chang leads TVNZ's football aficionados for another week's action. Source: 1 NEWS



'Probably a good chance' - Mariners coach hints at starting Usain Bolt in club's next trial game

Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey admits he's considering starting Usain Bolt in Friday's trial against a Macarthur South West United team.

Mulvey on Tuesday revealed Bolt was rested from training duties last week as he recovered from a minor knee injury.

However the Jamaican superstar is back at peak fitness and is set to be given more than the 20 minutes in his first public appearance in late August.

"From a fitness perspective, you could probably start him. Whether we do or not, (there's) probably a good chance," Mulvey told reporters on Tuesday.

"But we'll weigh it up as the week goes. Last week we rested him a little bit because he had a bit of a knee injury, but that's all gone.
"The rest helped him with that."

After allowing Bolt to take a week off last month, the club upped his program to include one-on-one sessions with former Mariners captain Nick Montgomery.

But while pleased with Bolt's improvement in his physical condition, Mulvey conceded the former Olympic and world sprint champion lacked match fitness.

He compared his progress to that of defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis, who is on the comeback from a knee reconstruction.

Aspropotamitis only begun non-contact training with the main group this week, and has struggled to keep pace with his teammates.

"Nothing (Jonathan) did before really readied for him for when there's pressure on and people running past him," Mulvey said.

"Usain's in the same situation because he needs to learn all that and be able to do repeat efforts, because in football nowadays, you've got to be able to do something which is okay good, but then you need to repeat.

"Particularly to play in wide areas, we're looking at our players overlapping or wingers coming inside. He needs to be able to repeat.

"That's where we're at with the journey as far as he's concerned. He'll play on Friday night and I think we'll see how long he lasts and go from there."

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Source: Photosport


Man City's $370k-a week attacker produces woeful late penalty, costs his team victory against Liverpool

Riyad Mahrez let Liverpool off the hook by missing a late penalty as Manchester City had to settle for a 0-0 draw in a showdown involving the Premier League's two title favourites at Anfield today.

Liverpool and City generally provide open, expansive games with goals aplenty, but this meeting was a dull affair short on flair and excitement.

Mahrez wasted the best chance to break the deadlock when he sent his spot kick sailing way over the crossbar after Virgil van Dijk had brought down Leroy Sane in the 85th minute.

The result left both unbeaten teams locked together with Chelsea at the top of the standings on 20 points from eight games, two ahead of fourth-place Arsenal, which is level on points with north London rival Tottenham.

Eden Hazard was the inspiration as Chelsea, also undefeated this season, cruised to a 3-0 victory at Southampton.

Belgium playmaker Hazard scored the first and set up the third for substitute Alvaro Morata, while inbetween Ross Barkley claimed his first Chelsea goal.

In Sunday's other game, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang each netted twice as a resurgent Arsenal enjoyed a sixth straight league victory with a 5-1 rout of Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey was also on target for Arsenal with a superb goal, while Andre Schuerrle replied for struggling Fulham.

Mahrez earns $370,000 per week.