Joe Murphy paid tribute to Ballyboden St Enda's and his own Eire Og team after yesterday's Leinster club SFC final.
Dreadful weather conditions made for a low-scoring encounter which Ballyboden shaded thanks to three unanswered points in the closing stages.
“Full credit to Ballyboden, they never panicked, even when they went a point down,” Murphy said in the Irish Daily Mirror.
“It was closing in on the end of the game so they kept their head, they kept their nerve and they’re a really good side. But our guys did well, came up a wee bit short.”
Murphy insisted that the Carlow champions would recover quickly for their heartbreaking defeat.
"It's not raw at all. We don't focus on that," he continued.
"What we do in Eire Og is try to establish a good foundation for the kids coming through and give them something to be proud of. This journey has been wonderful, it's over now."Tweet