THE wait was worth it in the end for Kenmare selector Enda Crowley as he reflected on the club's long overdue Junior Championship success.
"It's been a tough ride not only over the last few years, but particularly in this campaign. We needed extratime against Ballymacelligott, had a massive struggle with Glenbeigh / Glencar in the semi-final and Na Gaeil really put it up to us here today.
"We definitely learned from those games and didn't panic towards the end, we always managed to match them with a score and the lads deserve huge credit here today for the effort they've put into a long year," he told The Kerryman.
Crowley felt that County League positions mattered little on the day and that the game simply came down to who wanted it more. As he said before the final to be playing football at this time of year is a massive achievement for the club and is looking forward to what Kenmare hope will be plenty more action during the months of November and December.
"As it stands the footballers and hurlers are both down to play on November 18, I presume that will change, but from the footballing point of view we now we have things to work on heading into Munster. However we're representing the biggest footballing county in the country now and despite the pressure that brings it's a massive honour for this team."