SHELBOURNE'S Barry Clancy says he was at his lowest ebb after his first-half dismissal saw his first appearance at Lansdowne Road end early on a personal level and then end in tears for his team-mates.
The name of referee Richie Winter will, for a long time, be remembered for making one of the worst calls seen in a Cup final in decades.
Winter somehow thought that Clancy's tumble in the box, under pressure from Sligo Rovers' midfielder John Russell, was a dive, and flashed Clancy a second yellow card.
"I'm gutted, words can't describe how low I'm feeling today," Clancy told the Herald.
"I just can't understand how I got that yellow card. The first booking which I got I'll accept, I hold my hands up and admit that I fouled the player.
"But I'm baffled as to how he can give me a second yellow. Their player cut across me, he made contact with me and I went down."