A crestfallen Kilcormac/Killoughey manager Stephen Byrne was left to rue his side's slow start after yesterday's Leinster club SHC final defeat to Cuala.
The Offaly champions' hopes of causing an upset were crushed inside the opening 18 minutes when they conceded 1-8 without reply.
"After any final that you lose, you're asking questions: 'Could we have done this, could we have done that'?" the 1998 All-Ireland winning goalkeeper told Midlands 103's Joe Troy.
"It's after being a massive year for us. I can't fault those guys. Even under pressure today, they fought back; they put in some great shifts. I suppose the first 10 or 15 minutes of the game, we were just all over the shop. They blew us out of the water.
"It's just one of those things, that we didn't hit the ground running. I wouldn't mind, but we could have got ourselves back into the game, if we'd got ourselves a bit closer. then, unfortunately, we'd the sending off (of Conor Mahon).
"It's not like Conor to be getting a red card, it's just unfortunate. And then, that put us under a bit more pressure again."