ELATED Kildorrery selector Tony McCarthy said they had done their home-work since the drawn game, and that the strategy designed to contain the Dillons forwards worked a treat.
"Our plan was to go man-toman at the back, because we felt we had the match-ups right and maybe we didn't show John Horgan, who is a fantastic hurler, the respect he deserved the last day. We put Mikey Lillis, whose a tremendous manmarker, on him today, and it paid rich dividends, as holding Horgan to just a point from play was a major plus from our point of view.
"At the other end, Peter O'Brien stepped up to the plate again when it mattered, and, while it didn't look good when we fell three points behind in the closing stages, I never felt the game was gone from us," McCarthy revealed
"We had scored 16 goals in the championship before today, and the likes of Peter (O'Brien), Davey (Kelly), Finbarr (Stapleton) and Eamonn (O'Connor) are all great men to score goals. So, we always hopeful we can dig one out when it's badly needed at this stage, and that's exactly what happened."
McCarthy said that winning a county junior hurling title for the first time means everything to the people of the parish and to the club, especially since Kildorrery have endured more than their share of disappointment in recent years.
"I think we deserve the bit of luck we enjoyed today, and Brian Dillons certainly posed a lot of problems for us, but thankfully we were able to answer them all in the end."
McCarthy's co-mentor Pat Fenton also acknowledged that Brian Dillons were very formidable opponents, stating that it was very hard on them to finish second best after putting in such a fine display.
"They are a very sporting side, they play an excellent brand of hurling, and I would have liked to shake the hand of every one of their players at the finish. It didn't work out for them today, but, with the talent they have, I think they are quite capable of following us up to intermediate ranks next year," he said.