It would be hard to name anyone who has given more sterling service to Ballygiblin as a player than Dave Moher.
He first played junior with the club in 1992, and it was only two seasons ago he terminated his involvement with their top team.
While he failed to win a county medal with his beloved Ballygiblin during his playing career, it goes without saying he gained more than a modicum of compensation by managing the side that created history in Páirc Ui Rinn last Saturday.
“To win a county as a player is always that bit more special, but I’ll get huge enjoyment out of this, I can assure you.
“It’s massive because it’s your home club, and it’s great to be working with such a dedicated bunch of players,” revealed the Ballygiblin boss, who won a county senior hurling medal with Avondhu in 1996.
Moher agreed Ballygiblin’s prospects didn’t look bright at different stages of an epic encounter with Dromtarriffe, but he said he wasn’t in the least bit surprised with the way it eventually turned out.
“These lads have been involved in hard battles all year, and I think we were nine points behind at one stage in an earlier game.
“So we knew they wouldn’t drop the heads, they’d just keep working away, and that if we kept tipping away on the scoreboard, it would come right for us in the end.
“Thankfully, that’s how it worked out, due to the quality and composure these guys have.
“They don’t do panic, and, not for the first time this year as I’ve said, they showed they are always capable of coming back regardless of how unpromising the situation might look over the course of a game.”
Moher admitted Ballygiblin had it all to do when they fell five points behind midway through the second-half, and the fact they had to work so hard to get the win made it all the more enjoyable.
“We made a couple of switches that brought results, and Mark [Keane] was brilliant after we moved him to the attack
“He has been outstanding for us at centre-back for the last four or five games, but we felt we needed to change something for the last quarter today, and he created havoc as a forward.
“I thought Ryan [Donegan] was also brilliant on going from midfield to centre-back, and Mark was back defending when we needed to protect the lead in the closing stages, so we couldn’t have asked for a better return from the changes we made on the day.”
Looking ahead, Moher believes the future is bright for Ballygiblin, and that they are well-equipped to hold their own at a higher level in 2022.
“When you see guys like Darragh [Flynn], Dillon [Sheehan] and Ryan [Donegan], who are only 18 years of age, you’d have to be confident we won’t let ourselves down in the intermediate grade,” siad the club stalwart, who was quick to acknowledge the input made by former Aghada, Imokilly and Cork player Ronan Dwane since being recruited to coach the team at the start of the season.
“Ronan has a great knowledge of the game, particularly in relation to all the players and the teams operating at club level in Cork.
“He knew how to set us up and make the switches when required, he’s always very calm on the sideline, and I’m in no doubt he deserves much of the credit for getting our match-ups right in every game in this championship.”
Dwane, for his part, was quick to play down the significance of his contribution to Ballygiblin’s historic triumph, insisting that it all came down to the tremendous heart displayed by the players in the final.
“We were under pressure for lots of the match, but the lads have shown great heart all year, and you always feel you have a chance with that.
“To come from five points down and go six up in the last quarter was an amazing turnaround and, I’m just delighted they delivered big-time when it mattered.”