Shortly after the full time whistle sounded, Dessie McNulty acknowledged his team were in a real battle but felt they deserved to emerge victorious.
“We definitely went the hard way about it, there was no one leaving until it was over anyway! Nobody can say we don’t deserve to win it because we beat a good Ballianmore team and a good Glenfarne team and today Eslin threw everything at us.”
Having dominated the opening half, the Glencar/Manor manager knew Eslin the game was far from over - “I told our lads that at some stage Eslin would hit a purple patch and I told them to play the same type of football and not to panic.”
Having seen his side claim the title with a last gasp goal, Dessie was magnanimous in victory as he paid tribute to Eslin.
“I have to say, Conor Beirne, even when we had a couple of men on him, he was outstanding, he is a serious footballer. Fair play to Eslin a lot of people thought they wouldn’t compete as well as they did but we were just lucky to win it and we used every ounce of energy and experience to win it.”