ST Kierans manager Martin Horgan worked every bit as hard on the sideline as his players did on the pitch and the Desmonds man was a mixture of relief and pragmatism at the final whistle.
"We left our scoring boots at home. I know we scored 2-11, but we should have been six or seven points clear with five minutes to go.
"But the fitness regimes we have asked them to stick to, and the overall buy-in that the entire panel has given to everything we have asked of them, I think all that stood to us in the end. We have a tendency to go too lateral at times. Our training is geared towards going forward all the time.
"We knew from the work that we have done that if the game was close we had the fitness, but the
emphasis had to be on forward ball, and thankfully we held on in a nervous finish."
O'Rahillys manager Morgan Nix was equally matter-of-fact after the game.
"Our plan at the start of the year was keeping our county championship status and staying in division one of the league but things were building for us nicely, we had a couple of lads back from America and Barry John Walsh back from Australia so we thought we were building nicely over the last few weeks and if we got over tonight that we might kick on another bit from that. We stood up to them well at times and we were back level when John (O'Connor) got sent off.
"We had a chance or two near the end but (St Kierans) were probably comfortable in the last seven or eight minutes. Declan Quill was a huge loss and I thought we might do better goal-wise."