There was a bizarre end to a fixture that has been two and a half months coming to the boil as Nemo Rangers survived an epic fightback by Dr Crokes to win by 1-15 to 1-13.
After two postponements, two venue changes, an hour delay because of a frozen pitch and then an additional 30 minutes because of extra time in the curtain-raiser, the Munster football final for 2010 finally got underway in Mallow at shortly after 4pm yesterday.
At the end Rangers were champions of their province for a 15th time. Some 33 minutes earlier they had begun the second half a staggering 13 points, 1-13 to 0-3, clear. But Crokes came out for the second half an awakened team. Within 15 minutes they reduced the gap to just six points, 1-13 to 0-10.
Nemo, so rampant in the opening half, couldn't get a foothold until Barry O'Driscoll stepped up to convert a 45-metre free on 49 minutes.
It offered the Cork City giants some respite and when Alan Cronin nudged over a point for a seven-point lead again on 55 minutes it was enough to even send the new Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin on his way content that the job was done.
But Crokes weren't finished. Eoin Brosnan inspired them at midfield when he moved there, Colm Cooper was always a worry but Kieran O'Leary did most damage as pillion passenger to 'Gooch'. O'Leary fired home a superb goal to leave just two points in it, but with 32 minutes and 30 seconds of the second half elapsed and just 30 seconds of added time left to be played, it was not to be.