Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey admits that winning an All-Ireland SFC qualifier was always going to be the highlight of their year.
The Deíse did manage to do that when defeating Wexford in the opening round of the qualifiers, but their campaign came to an abrupt end when Monaghan defeated them last weekend.
Looking back on the year, McGlinchey stated that they had to be happy with winning a qualifier match and getting the chance to host a top tier county in the championship.
Speaking to the Waterford News & Star, McGlinchey was realistic in his appraisal of the year stating that their championship campaign was never going to be too long.
"Let's be realistic, we weren't going to make the Super 8s, we weren't going to win a Munster final. It was about winning a qualifier and we did that against a team of a higher division," said McGlinchey.
"Saturday was bonus territory. It would have been nice if we got another Division Three or Division Four team. Look, you have to beat the best if you want to progress and we met the best in the second round and it made our job harder. You can't even take away the Wexford game from us."