Ireland denied strong penalty shout as Aaron Connolly left fuming
"From that angle there, it looks a lot worse."
Ireland's Aaron Connolly was denied a clear penalty after 51 minutes of his side's World Cup qualifier against Serbia at Red Star Stadium.
The Brighton & Hove Albion forward beat Serbia's Stefan Mitrovic to the ball and was trying to work an angle to shoot on goal when the incident occured.
Mitrovic dived in rashly and connected with the back of Connolly's leg before following through and knocking the ball out for a corner.
As you can see from the image (and video) below, Connolly has the ball on the outside of his left boot. The only was Mitrovic can get to it is by going through the Galway native.
The Strausbourg was straight back to his feet while Connolly and his Ireland teammates were incredulous that a spot-kick had not been awarded. Over on the sideline, Stephen Kenny and the Irish bench erupted in protest but it was no good.
On commentary for RTE, former Ireland defender Stephen Kelly felt it was a close call under a replay angle from behind both players made up his mind that Kenny's side had been hard done by.
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Darragh O'Shea went close with a header from that resulting corner while the hosts had a penalty shout of their own, soon after. That was also waved away.
Serbia then put the game away with sub Aleksandar Mitrović helping himself to two goals before James Collins gave Ireland brief hope with his second international goal. It was not enough, though, as the Serbs held on to win 3-2.
Following the game, former Ireland striker Kevin Doyle says the Connolly penalty decision as close but he felt Stefan Mitrovic may have just got a toe to the ball.
Kenny, the Ireland boss, later told RTE, "It looked like a cast-iron penalty."