The recent dominance of Rathdowney-Errill over Portlaoise continued at O’Moore Park on Sunday evening, as with 14 men they came from behind to win a game that Portlaoise looked to have in their grasp.
The Rathdowney-Errill half back line really rose to the occasion in the second half, with Joe Fitzpatrick outstanding, but right throughout the game Pat Mahon was magnificent at centre-back with a majestic display turning defence into attack time after time. Mahon has been a wonderful servant to club and county but long after his inter county career ended Pat still continues to be the driving force behind this Rathdowney-Errill side and none more so than when his team was reduced to 14 players.
How Portlaoise lost a game that they were in control of, and with an extra man on the park as well, with an amazing collapse in the face of a determined and gutsy display by Rathdowney-Errill.
This was there for the taking for Portlaoise but the Rathdowney goal that still only levelled the game with 17 minutes to play rocked them to the core, and then they had no answer to their 14 man opponents as they stepped up to the mark and took the game with an admirable display of committed hurling from there to the finish.
Portlaoise will ponder on another championship where they failed to deliver on their promise, while Rathdowney-Errill advance to a mouth watering semi-final with The Harps.