No doubt about it Ardrahan are the best team we’ve played – they asked more questions of our players than anyone else has and full credit to them for that.

To come from behind and win against quality opposition makes this all the sweeter. I’d say the neutrals and maybe a few of our own supporters thought we were dead and buried at half time.

But we didn’t – the players themselves knew they could do better and it was a matter of reminding them at half time that the qualities that won one All Ireland were still available to them to win another.They hadn’t turned into bad players over 30 minutes and they needed to be reminded of that.

It was a matter of belief and a bit of self confidence and a few wee adjustments. The impetus came from the girls themselves, they are serious competitors. They weren’t giving this up without a fight.

The way they set about reeling in the deficit was a real joy to watch. Then when we were ahead, to defend two penalties. You couldn’t script that! Gráinne saved a couple in Kilmacud Sevens 7s a few years ago so I knew it wasn’t cut and dried that they would score.

All the team were magnificent, Gráinne deserved player of the match, Méabh, Jane Carey and Kelly Maybin too were brilliant. I would single out also Megan’s two points which were awesome scores just when they were needed.

It’s a good day for Ulster anytime you win in Croke Park. These girls deserve all the credit. Ulster Camogie is alive and well – and we’re happy to fly the flag for that no matter what anyone says. Back to back titles in Croke Park. You can’t argue with that no matter who you are.

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