Conal Keaney has lauded the character of his Ballyboden St Enda's teammates after they battled to a narrow victory (0-8 to 0-6) in Sunday's AIB Leinster club SFC final against Carlow's Eire Og.
Ballyboden kicked the last three points of the contest through Warren Egan, Ryan Basquel and Michael Darragh Macauley to snatch victory in dramatic fashiyn.
Conal, who kicked two points from play, said: “This team has it (character). And it showed before when we won the All-Ireland. Against Portlaoise in the Leinster final in 2015 – we were dead and buried and we came back.
"This team deserves it. They have been training unbelievably hard for the last two years.
“For the hurlers, we come in and out of it. You only realise how dedicated to the cause they are when you come back and see the conditioning of them.
“The amount of data, the detail and statistics they go through is absolutely incredible. More than any other intercounty team.
"We'd a huge breeze there in the second half and we probably thought we would clip a few scores, and they might die-off a little bit.
"It just didn't happen. With the conditions, the ball was going everywhere. They were tackling really hard.
"We're just really lucky to get away there today," added Conal.
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: 2019 SFC RESULTS
LEINSTER CLUB SFC
8 December O'Moore Park, Portlaoise Ballyboden St Enda's 0-8 Eire Og (Carlow) 0-6
24 November Cusack Park, Mullingar Ballyboden St Enda's 3-14 Garrycastle (Westmeath) 0-12
10 November Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda Ballyboden St Enda's 1-11 Newtown Blues (Louth) 0-5
3 November Parnell Park Ballyboden St Enda's 0-15 Thomas Davis 0-9
26 October Parnell Park Ballyboden St Enda's 2-10 St Jude's 1-10
12 October Parnell Park Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-15 Na Fianna 1-15 (After extra-time)
SFC1 GROUP 2: (1) Ballyboden St Enda's 6pts, +31 scoring difference; (2) Clontarf (2, +5); (3) Lucan Sarsfields (2, -7); (4) Skerries Harps (2, -29)
28 September Parnell Park Ballyboden St Enda's 2-20 Skerries Harps 0-6
25 April Monastery Road Ballyboden St Enda's 1-19 Lucan Sarsfields 1-9
13 April O'Toole Park Ballyboden St Enda's 0-11 Clontarf 0-10