Laois SHC final replay: comeback win for Rathdowney
22 October 2012
Rathdowney-Errill and Laois star Brian Campion
Rathdowney-Erill recovered from a seven-point interval deficit to beat 14-man Clough-Ballacolla in a thrilling Laois SHC final replay at O'Moore Park on Saturday.
Denied a win by Ross King's late equalising point last weekend, champions Clough-Ballacolla hit the ground running with five points inside the first 10 minutes before Darren King opened the winners' account. Willie Hyland and Stephen Maher added points for Clough-Ballacolla, but efforts from the King brothers kept Rathdowney-Errill in touch.
However, three points from Mick McEvoy and four from Stephen Maher had the holders perched on a commanding 0-13 to 0-6 lead at the break.
But with the wind to their backs in the second half, Rathdowney-Errill staged a tremendous comeback which saw them outscore their opponents by 0-11 to 0-1. They had levelled the scoring at 0-14 apiece before Clough-Ballacolla had Tom Delaney red-carded with 10 minutes to go.
County star Brian Campion then edged Rathdowney-Errill ahead with a long-range effort before a late Ross King brace completed the comeback.
Rathdowney-Errill - N Brennan; B Campion (0-1), L Mahon, A Delaney; J Fitzpatrick, P Mahon, J Corrigan; S Dollard (0-2), P Purcell; E Meagher, D King (0-2), J Purcell (0-3); J Phelan, R King (0-9), L Tynan. Sub: O Houlihan for D King.
Clough-Ballacolla - D Hanlon; J A Delaney, D Maher, R Broderick; D Bergin, B Duggan, B McEvoy; S Hanlon (0-2), M McEvoy (0-3); C Coonan (0-1), T Delaney, S Maher (0-5); W Hyland (0-2), M Dunphy, W Dunphy (0-1). Sub: A Doyle for M Dunphy.
Referee - B O'Reilly.