Labour's stunned troops pray for the final whistle
Costello raises white flag, Hanafin proves unlikely revivals can happen
Waterford had just scored a cracking goal against Cork in a Championship thriller which eventually ended with honours even.
Politics can be like that match sometimes. Closely-fought contests in which one or other team nudges ahead by a point, or where the underdog can sneak a late score against the favoured side and pull a draw out of the hat.
Or every now and then, politics turns into a rout, where point after point drops over the crossbar and goals slam in below it, as the stunned and demoralised losing side run around in circles, wonder how the hell it all went so wrong and pray for the final whistle.