Ireland's captain Nathan Collins showed remarkable maturity in the wake of Monday's controversial Euro Under-17 quarter-final elimination by the Netherlands.
Ireland went out after a penalty shoot-out, with referee Zbynek Proske sending off Ireland keeper Jimmy Corcoran after he appeared to have saved the final Dutch penalty with the scores standing at 4-4.
Proske showed Corcoran his second yellow card for coming off his line before Daishawn Redan took his spot-kick, the first for time-wasting in normal time.
He ordered the penalty to be retaken and with substitutes not allowed in shoot-outs, outfielder Oisin McEntee had to stand between the posts and was unable to stop Redan's retake.
Collins would have been excused for being angry, but instead the teenager showed wisdom beyond his years.
"It’s heartbreaking, but couldn’t be prouder of the lads because they gave everything and it just hasn’t come our way," said the Cherry Orchard defender.
"I didn’t know what to do I didn’t know what to think, when he saved it I was buzzing, but then it was the ref’s decision, wasn’t it...
"I’m sure their keeper might have come off the line as well, but it was his decision and there’s nothing we could do about it. Nothing we can dwell on now.
"I couldn’t be any prouder – they gave 100 per cent in every game," added the 17-year-old.
The game at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium had finished 1-1 after the regulation 80 minutes, Tony Parrott equalising for Ireland after the Dutch took the lead, and went straight to a penalty shoot-out.