RELIEVED? Check. Exhilarated? Check. Excited about the propsect of playing in the Munster intermediate hurling final later this month? Check.
Ballyduff boss PJ O'Grady had every reason to be pleased with his afternoon's work – and, of course, his work in the build up to this dramatic semifinal victory and, indeed, his work all season. When he spoke he spoke as a contented man. Despite going in level at half-time he felt that his team didn't play quite as well as they, perhaps, could have done. The fact they got stronger the longer the game progress had to have been tremendously satisfying.
"We lost half an hour out there today, because we didn't play at all in the first half," the Limerick native admitted.
"We came in at half time level knowing that we were a lot better than that. Once we knuckled down in the second half we were the better team. I suppose in the first half the lads probably didn't believe. Once they realised they were good enough to win this they settled down and the big players came through and we were definitely the better team at the end of the game.
"I'd have huge respect for Ballybrown, they're my neighbours but it didn't matter to me today who we were playing. We just wanted to win. The lads showed great will to win and that is the thing that impressed me most. They showed great hunger. Liam Boyle was unbelievable, a real class act and the leader of the team. He had a great game today on their danger man Alan O'Connor."
Boyle's performance and the performance of the entire team ensures their participation in their second Munster hurling final in as many years. A massive achievment.
"They've created history now appearing in back-toback Munster club finals," O'Grady says.
"The important thing now is to go on and win it. I had a look at Silvermines when they played earlier in the competition and they're a very good side. I would say that they would be very similar to Ballybrown. They have a very solid defence and a couple of very slick forwards who will be very dangerous if we give them the chances."
The defeat in last year's final has been driving Ballyduff on all season. The only way to truly get over it is to win the final in Thurles.
"I met the players back in April and that defeat to Effin in last year's Munster Final was still hurting them," O'Gradys says.
"I remember saying to them that in order to get over that hurt they needed to get back there again and fair play to them they have made it back into the Munster Final.
"We took a few chances this year. We probably did not reach our peak for the local championship because we felt that we were good enough to come through. Hopefully now we are timing things right. They showed tremendous will to win against Ballybrown so hopefully that will stand to us in the final."