In his third season as Tipperary manager, Eamon O’Shea has finally landed silverware following his side’s Munster hurling final victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium.
It wasn’t a classic provincial decider as Tipp prevailed in the end by five points.
“The game was really absorbing” was how O’Shea summed up the 70 plus minutes afterwards to RTÉ Sport.
And while his assessment may differ from the views of most pundits and onlookers, the Tipp supremo was unsure by how much his side had won in the end, a testament no doubt to how caught up in the game he was.
He revealed that it “always felt close throughout”.
Yet O’Shea did take satisfaction in finally watching his charges deliver the spoils and the battling qualities they showed in getting over the Déise.
"Sometimes I think people who don't understand us think that we don't battle" - Eamon O'Shea
“You're in the game to win it and the players worked very hard to win the game. It is important to win silverware.
“We were disappointed at the way things ended last year and the players have worked hard to back to the top level.
“I'm delighted for the lads in the way they battled. Sometimes I think people who don't understand us think that we don't battle but we went out there and won an absorbing game today."
However, the manager did contradict himself somewhat when he added: “It doesn’t bother me what other people think.”
John O’Dwyer, who fired over 0-05 of Tipperary’s tally spoke about the determination in the side prior to the final.
“We haven't performed well in Munster in the last two years and we wanted to put that right.
“We came here to play in our home ground in Thurles. It is where we belong and there was no way we were going to lose this match, not a hope. No matter who was up against us, we were not going to lose.”