WHEN he walked into the Mourneabbey dressing room six years ago the first word he wrote on a board was 'potential'.
Now six years on manager Shane Ronayne has masterminded six Cork senior ladies football titles in-a-row, six Munster titles in-a-row and now he has helped them put back-to-back All-Ireland titles together.
The game was a lot closer than he or any manager would have liked as they came out on the right side of a 2-9 to 0-14 scoreline, with Laura Fitzgerald scoring the winning point with just 16 seconds left on the clock.
Afterward he was full of praise for his side and their never-say-die attitude.
“Champions die hard, we kept going and going and what a way to win it. It’s probably the sweetest win we ever had and we may never get a sweeter one. We are very proud of what we have done in Cork, in Munster and now to win back-to-back All-Ireland titles.
“It takes a serious team to do that and we didn’t want to be a one-hit-wonder. We wanted to go back-to-back and we have got it now. Look who knows what will happen from here and I think they will be back next year. They are a serious outfit and will be around for a long time and who knows we could be in another battle with them again next year.
“But we will savour this win and enjoy it and we are very proud of what we have achieved and I am so proud of the girls for it,” concluded Shane.
For one player it was an emotional night as after many years of service Sile O’Callaghan won’t be lining out with them from next season.
“I was planning to retire after this game and it’s the best feeling to go out on such a high. I thought it was going to end level and I was planning out in my head what was going to happen until Laura popped up with the winning score. An absolute cool, calm and collected head from her to win it for us,” concluded Sile.