CALRY-ST Joseph's joint manager Henry Cox was understandably delighted in the aftermath of his side's capture of a fifth Sligo senior hurling title in six years.
He said : "I'm thrilled. It was a tight match. We thought it would be a bit easier but they [CooleraStrandhill] really put it up to us. "
Cox believed the defending champions played well without ever hitting any real heights : "We did most of the hurling but we weren't still weren't moving away from them and that was disappointing but it came right in the end. "
"We were the reigning champions so we had to go out and prove how good we were. I think a great thing was that they beat us in the [Dermot Molloy Hurling] League final so we knew what we were up against." The Calry-St Joseph's manager outlined just how much effort his panel put in this year.
"They were getting up at 6am for training and things like that. I'm delighted for them. We haven't lost a game all year in the senior championship. We are up against the Leitrim champions [in the upcoming provincial series] so hopefully we can start our Connacht campaign from there. "