Derry captain Mark Lynch feels his side overcame Westmeath in the Allianz Football League Division 2 final by ‘sticking to their systems’.
The Oakleafers won out 1-18 to 0-15 in the decider, and Lynch was relieved that the Ulster side managed to regain composure following a dip in their performance levels in the first half.
“First half I think we started off like a house on fire. We were very good at winning direct balls and working our system,” said Lynch.
“A couple of us then – including myself – let the level of performance drop.
“They got a five- or ten-minute spell in the first half where they won five or six kick-outs and scored five or six points and brought themselves back into it.
“Then we got a foothold again just before half-time and that was a real good thing.
“We came in at half-time and said, ‘Let’s just stick to our systems’, because we were starting to move away from our systems a little bit.
“So we said, ‘Stick to our systems and go out and do a job’. And we did thank God.”
“We came in at half-time and said, ‘Let’s just stick to our systems’, because we were starting to move away from our systems a little bit" - Mark Lynch
The Derry leader also admitted that winning the tie was a major boon heading into the Championship.
“It’s a great lift, you want to play all the competitive games you can leading up to the one,” he said.
“It was good to put in a bit of work and get a bit of silverware. And to win in Croke Park is brilliant.
“But it’s a short thing. By tomorrow morning it’s done and dusted. We’re playing a very good Down side [in the upcoming Ulster Championship] and we’ve a lot of work to do.
“But there’s five weeks to the Championship. We’ll just knuckle down and hopefully we’ll get another result there.”