Kieran Fitzgerald won the fourth All-Ireland club football title of his career on Sunday. The veteran lined out at full-back as Corofin defeated Kilcoo to win their third title on the bounce.
Though it took extra-time to separate the teams, Corofin ran out easy winners in the added 20 minutes, leading by eight at the final whistle.
"We were pretty disappointed with how we managed the last 15 minutes of the second half [of normal time]," Fitzgerald told RTÉ Radio 1.
Overall, the way we won it - we had to fight really hard - makes it a bit more special.
The advantage was with them going in, [equalising with] Paul Devlin's free. We said we weren't going to sit back, we were going to go at them. Conor Cunningham got a great goal. It was a really good 10-minute spell for us.
At the end of normal time, the teams clashed in the tunnel as they headed for the dressing rooms.
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"It was a bit silly, lads going in all pumped up at the same time," said Fitzgerald of the incident.
"Nobody wants to take a backwards step. It was just harmless enough."
Fitzgerald told Balls ahead of the Connacht final that had one season not ran into another last year, he may have retired from club football.
"I have to assess my own situation," he said after Sunday's game.
"I'm just gone 39 and to be playing at this level was something I wouldn't have thought I'd be doing. It's a credit to my club and management, Kevin O'Brien and his team and the way they've facilitated me.
"I don't know what the future holds for me, it might be my last time in Croke Park; if it was, it's a really special day."
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