Adam Idah put in a barnstorming performance against the Netherlands on Monday night, only to suffer the harshest of defeats by way of a missed penalty and a terrible refereeing decision.
One of the most highly controversial moments in Irish football occurred when a shockingly bizarre refereeing decision ordered a Dutch penalty to be retaken, sent off the Irish keeper, and put an end to the Boys In Green’s European championships in one fell swoop.
Colin O’Brien’s side were outstanding throughout and fought admirably to nullify the threat of the highly-fancied Dutch. Idah, playing a lone striker role never stopped working and held up the ball brilliantly, despite being isolated up front.
Despite not hitting the net, it was one of the best performances of Idah’s young career, displaying his ability to act as an outlet for the Irish midfield and defence, as opposed to his usual role as a goalscoring threat.
Sadly, horrendous refereeing decision aside, it was Idah’s penalty miss that would ultimately prove the difference in the shootout.
Although it was not his fault, and his performance was lauded by all, the Norwich City striker took to social media to apologise to the Irish fans following the heartbreaking defeat.
Just want to say I’m very sorry for what happened, it’s been a unbelievable journey, words can’t describe how great the boys have been through-out the whole tournament, we bounce back stronger #COYBIG ☘️🇮🇪
— Adam (@adamidah1) May 14, 2018
Absolutely nothing to apologise for Adam. You were outstanding up top on your own. Another brilliant performance. Hold that head up fella. You're going to have better days ahead.
— kevronayne (@OURPERCHNOW20) May 14, 2018
Two things remain clear from this; one is that Adam Idah owes no one an apology. He fought valiantly and did his country proud. The second is that the level of maturity shown by the former Douglas Community School striker makes us all the more confident that Idah has the ability and mentality to bounce back and continue his domineering ascension to football’s top ranks.
Keep the head held high, Adam. It’s just the beginning.