It's been described as one of the worst challenges seen in the A-League and Newcastle Jets striker Roy O'Donovan is set for a considerable ban after seeing red in the grand final.
The Irishman collected Melbourne Victory's Lawrence Thomas in the face late in the match with a swinging boot that left the keeper stricken on the ground for a number of minutes.
While the result of desperation rather than malice, O'Donovan's stray boot was dangerously reckless and a poor disciplinary record won't do him any favours at the Match Review Panel.
The former Central Coast Mariner was suspended for eight games in late 2015 for a headbutt on Manny Muscat.
Former championship winner Clint Bolton wants to see O'Donovan out of the competition with a number of other well respected football personalties less than kind about his rash challenge.
— Clint Bolton (@bootsa22) May 5, 2018
— Francis Leach (@SaintFrankly) May 5, 2018
— Carly Adno (@CarlyAdno226) May 5, 2018
— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) May 5, 2018
To his credit, O'Donovan did seek out a bandaged Thomas after full-time to apologise with the pair embracing but a significant stint on the sidelines is inevitable for the 32-year-old.