The biggest disappointment from Lixnaw's point of view is the fact that they didn't seem to be the same team to the one which put St Brendans away in the quarter-final or most disappointingly of all the one which put away Kilmoyley with asuch aplomb in the semi-final.
"In fairness to the lads they've played well all year," Begley commented.
"They had a couple of tough games against Ardfert there and Kilmoyley and they've worked very hard on the training pitch. As one of the Ballyduff fellas said after they're out every second weekend with hurling and football. They put an awful lot into it. I'm just very disappointed for them today because they do put an awful lot into it. I'm sure those boys, the character that they have, they'll be back."
That's a theme the chairman returned to. The future of Lixnaw is brighter than it might have seemed at the full-time whistle on Sunday NATURALLY enough the mood in the Lixnaw camp after the game was 100% removed for the joy and elation experienced by their opponents.
Nobody likes losing, least of all in a county final. Losing your second county final in three years to the same opposition most certainly has to sting. In fact, don't doubt it, it does sting. Nevertheless there was a magnanimity and a sense of realism from those of a green and gold persuasion.
"We weren't good enough," was coach Brian Begley's sober assessment.
"You've got to hand it to Ballyduff they've been around a long time. This is their third in-a-row. They're a very physically strong team. There's a lot of good hurlers. It was very hard to get space, they work very hard, obviously they were very hungry for it and we just weren't good enough on the day. We tried very hard, but some things just didn't come off, but we've no complaints."
Those were sentiments echoed by club chairman Sean Flaherty, whose son James was in the thick of the action all afternoon and scored one really fine point from play.
"Certainly it was a hard day for the club," Flaherty said.
"Look we were never actually in the game. We were playing with the breeze in the first half and we didn't take advantage. We couldn't win our own puck-outs and we were under pressure all the first half, which made it a mountain to climb in the second half, because facing the breeze, three points down it looked like we were going to fight an uphill battle all the way through and that afternoon.
"The club is in a very good position," he said.
"We were short a couple of players today that would be automatics, but unfortunately they weren't available to us. Had they been available to us it might have been a different game, but that's all hypothetical now.
"We're in a minor final now next Saturday. It's a very important one for us to win and if we win that we'll be back again and we'll be competitive next year."
Who would doubt them?