Taking prized Dubs scalp Whelan's "best moment"

July 09, 2019

Laois' Matthew Whelan leads out his team.
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Matthew Whelan says victory over Dublin on Sunday represents his best moment in a Laois hurling jersey.

A stalwart of the O’Moore County team, with 151 appearances under his belt, Whelan was one of the many stars of the fantastic Laois side that stunned the Dubs with a phenomenal preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final display at Portloaise:

“I think it's the best moment, yeah. Look, beating a top tier team that's an All-Ireland contender in my mind, it's a special one,” he told The Irish Daily Mirror.

“Beating Offaly a couple of years ago comes to mind as well, special moments. I just think that no one gave us a chance on Sunday, only the players that were in the circle and the management. I think that was all that really truly believed we could pull this off. 

“It's unbelievable. A lot of people had us wrote off from last weekend when we were winning the Joe McDonagh. We went out this week with a point to prove and there was a lot of work I suppose from bringing ourselves down from winning a big national final in Croke Park.

“The county was on a high last week. What was the use in going out against Dublin and losing by 15 points? So the onus was on us to get ourselves completely right for it and build ourselves up again. It worked out for us.”

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