The "Red Card a Rock" campaign continued last Sunday as the Shamrock Ten fell to a last minute goal against the highly touted New York Athletic Club. Opinions vary on Robbie Walshe’s dismissal the week previous, but the inane sending off of Terry Lawless after 17 minutes of last Sunday’s clash, for what seemed like a fair tackle, brought about looks of amazement from both camps.
The Rocks gave as good as they got until Lawless’s dismissal. Ger Watson had a couple of chances to emulate his dead ball feat of the week previous, but failed. Marathon man Ray Elsesser was his usual marauding self. But he left John Guildea to plow a lone furrow, when he had to drop back to midfield after Lawless’s exit. Michael Bishop made his on-looking parents proud of his fill-in role at center back and Paul Wilson was his usual effervescent self at sweeper.
The Rocks clung to it until the final minute when a speculative toe poke sealed the points for AC. The referee allowed one minute of injury time But three Shamrock’s injured players had the game stopped for eight minutes alone. As the battle weary Shamrocks trudged off the field, their spectator area of the Travers Island pitch bore the atmosphere a morgue.
Shamrock’s second and thirds also fell, one and two nil respectively.
It was the Rock’s first losing weekend in almost two and a half years.