Brian Dowling insists there was no transformational team talk behind Kilkenny's Camogie League final revival on Sunday.
The Cats had trailed Galway by 0-09 to 0-06 at half-time, and could easily have been further behind, but came out all guns blazing and outscored their opponents 1-06 to 1-01 in the third quarter before holding off a late Tribes fightback to win the Division 1 title.
"I didn't say much," Dowling told RTÉ Sport. "We weren’t really playing that well in the first half but we said the game was there for us – three points down but there was a strong wind as well.
"Galway are a super team and you’re not going to get a great start against too many teams like that.
"But I was happy enough we were in the game at half-time. I was delighted with the response after half-time, we probably haven’t kicked on like that in any game this year. It’s a great sign.
"I just asked the girls to up the intensity, the workrate. Aoife Doyle got a brilliant goal and that really droves us on for the second half.
"We’re delighted with tonight but we have to go and meet Galway again in a few weeks in a very tough (championship) group.
"We were very lucky to be here. Limerick probably should have beat us, Tipp should have beat us, but when you end up in the final you want to win.
"A great occasion in Croke Park and your family here, which was brilliant as well."
Kilkenny goalkeeper Aoife Norris is the Player of the Match after making three big saves in her team's Camogie League Division 1 final victory. She says they never doubted their capacity to fight back. pic.twitter.com/g1eAE76Mb3— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) June 20, 2021
For Galway and manager Cathal Murray, it was a familiar feeling after last December's All-Ireland final loss to the same opponents.
"It looked like a brilliant game. Huge intensity and huge work-rate from both teams," he said.
"When you look at the scoreline, 1-18 to 1-15, it’s a really good advertisement for camogie.
"At the same we’re hugely disappointed.
"We were in it right to the end. Kilkenny just took their scores I felt. We probably had chances and didn’t take ours.
"But hugely proud of the players and we just have to use this as a stepping stone for the championship."