SLUMPED on his kit bag against a wall outside the away dressing room John O'Brien couldn't hide his disappointment, but graciously agreed to an interview.
'We looked like we were in the driving seat, but unfortunately the wheels just came off in the last 10 minutes or so,' he conceded.
'It's seriously disappointing. We were asleep for the first 10 minutes and let them go 4-1 up, but we clawed it back and got ourselves into the game. A couple of crucial decisions went against us and there was a change in momentum in the game and they really took advantage of it with the goal.
'They were moving the ball well coming out of defence and really opened us up, but they took their scores at the end of the moves which was crucial too.
'The conditions were tough, but I felt we matched them the whole way until then. Just come the end they could pick their scores off and we didn't make the best of what we had.
'It was tough but you don't expect anything else coming down to Kildare. They've had six years of intense training and we've really only started this year, but we felt we matched them physically most of the way.'
Bridging the gap to teams like Kildare is the next challenge for O'Brien and his colleagues, but that's a job for next winter.
For now the defender feels that while results could have done better been better a solid platform has been laid for 2014.
'Results wise I wouldn't say it has been satisfactory [season], but in terms of where we're going I think we've taken it to another level. Hopefully we can build on that again next year.