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Watch: Cork Legend Noel O’Leary Sees Red For Clothesline In Comórtas Final

Noel O’Leary lined out for his club, Cill na Martra, on Sunday in the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta final, coming up short to Kerry’s An Ghaeltacht on a scoreline of 4-17 to 1-11. 

O’Leary was sent for an early shower by the referee on the stroke of half-time, handed a straight red card for an awful challenge on an on-rushing opponent. The former Cork wing-back, a selector with the county’s minor footballers this year, threw in a violent high challenge on the Gaeltacht player which left the referee with no choice but to send him off.

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry 7/7/2013 Kerry vs Cork Kerry's Paul Galvin and Noel O'Leary of Cork Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

At the time, with a minute of the first-half remaining, Cill na Martra trailed 2-09 to 0-05. With the 2010 All-Ireland winner given his marching orders, whatever slim chance of a comeback for the Cork-Kerry border club was on had completely faded.

An Ghaeltacht, with Kingdom legends Marc Ó Sé and Dara Ó Cinnéide making up their management team, saw out the game comfortably to clinch their first Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta title in 18 years.

2014 minor All-Ireland winner with Kerry, Tomás Ó Sé, helped himself to 2-02 in the final whereas Sean Mícheál Ó Conchubhair, who won a Junior All-Ireland medal with the county last year, top-scored with nine points for the Kerry outfit.

Check out the clothesline from O’Leary which saw him given his marching orders in this clip below, via Hogan Stand.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.