BALLINA Town manager Brendan Kenny used his side's Connaught Senior Cup final drubbing by Salthill Devon as an inspirational tool in Sunday's crucial Super League game away to Iorras Aontaithe.
"The main thing was that we learned from that game," he said in the aftermath of the 4-3 win at Carnenash.
"We knew we wouldn't have been able to go full-out on Tuesday and then again on Sunday – the final on Tuesday was our fourth game in 12 days – so we gave the league game priority.
"We also had Derek (Tansey) and Michael (Duffy) starting, and they made a difference."
In the game itself, Kenny identified the period after half time as crucial in his side's winning of the game.
He said: "Iorras came out very strongly after the break but we kept them out and then scored when our chances came.
"The game had everything, like last week's game against Westport. We had to dig deep but we came up with the goods again."
While Ballina now just need to win their final league game at home to Swinford to secure back-to-back titles, frustratingly that tie won't be played until the end of next month.
It's a situation the Town manager described as 'a bit unfortunate', but in the meantime his team has the chance to secure more silverware at the weekend when they take on Manulla in the Westaro Cup Final at Milebush Park, Castlebar, on Sunday (kick-off 3 p.m.).
Just as well the club built a new clubhouse in the last few years – Kenny and his side seem intent on filling up the trophy cabinet with lots of shiny pots.