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.
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.