VIDEO: Graham Burke sent off for crazy tackle on Shamrock Rovers debut

As far as debuts go, Graham Burke’s was one to remember, but unfortunately for the wrong reasons.

In the space of three minutes, Burke experienced the euphoric high of scoring a goal on his first appearance for Shamrock Rovers and the embarrassing low of being sent off for a ridiculous challenge.

With his side trailing by two goals on the opening game of the season, the former Aston Villa starlet pulled one back with a deflected finish, but then, absolute craziness unfolded.


After Jamie McGrath dropped to the ground in a tussle for possession, Burke inexplicably lunged into the Dundalk man while he was lying on the ground, imprinting his boots into the midfielder’s mid-section.

The reckless tackle sparked a mini-melee between the two teams and the 23-year-old could have no complaints when the referee produced an immediate red card.

Dundalk held on to get their title defence off to a winning start, thanks to goals in either half from Robbie Benson and Ciarán Kilduff.

Watch the video above.