ONE can only imagine how his head has been since last Sund ay, but Padraig Reidy wasn't hiding the very visible scars of battle as he reflected on a much wanted triumph for his club last Sunday.
"I was really anxious to get back out there, I heard a few roars and wasn't sure what was going on but luckily I was able to come back on and we got the result we wanted. We have a few heartaches over the last few years and we said we were not going to let that happen again today," he told The Kerryman.
Rather than focus on his performance himself Reidy concentrated more on the efforts of the team as a whole.
"All the way up from Martin (Hewitt) in goal up to the corner-forwards and indeed the subs this was a panel effort and we said when we met at our last training session on Thursday that it was going to take the panel to get us over the line and we're delighted to finally bridge the gap.
"We were down in Division Five a few years ago getting knocked out of competitions early but we're up to Division Three now and the team is certainly gaining experience."
Team manager Pat O'Shea admitted to feeling a bad sense of déjà vu when Reidy had to go off injured temporarily.
"He had been feeling unwell prior to last year's final and we thought it was all happening to us again when he got injured but while we were nervous at the start when he got back in, he settled down quickly and made some good runs for us," the Scartaglin manager said of the injury.
The Glenbeigh native admitted that he expected more from Lispole on the day but was really proud of his team in general.
"We were probably lacking natural scoring forwards this year but I'm happy with how we drew frees off them in scoreable locations today. We've a great work ethic and we worked hard as unit and I feel that's what has got us over the line this year," he said. O'Shea also feels there's more to come from the club in the years ahead.
"We beat Na Gaeil in a promotion playoff last year and they are now contesting the Junior Final and I feel getting out of Division Three is within this team if they stay together. We'll have a go at the Munster competition when it comes around and it would be nice to keep that cup in the St Kierans district."