The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service did not quite bargain for a confrontation with one of the sport's most decorated players when they met Liebherr (Killarney) in the All-Ireland Inter-Firms football semi-final on Saturday at Jordanstown.
But it was Kerry legend Declan O'Sullivan that ultimately proved the Ulster side's undoing, his silken skills and clever distribution central to his team's 1-9 to 0-6 victory.
The Fire and Rescue side, prompted intelligently by skipper Peter Turley, remained in contention for the greater part of the game but O'Sullivan's experience and craft highlighted the winners' strong finish.
Nonetheless Chris Turley's three points from the centre-half-back berth underlined the Fire and Rescue outfit's resilience.
Manager Ronan O'Reilly said afterwards: "I thought my lads put in a huge effort.
"Declan O'Sullivan was obviously the main difference between the sides."
Meanwhile, in Division 3B of the Allianz Hurling League there were wins for Monaghan and Donegal. The Farney County gained a hard-earned victory by 1-12 to 1-8 over Roscommon while Donegal got the better of Longford by 1-20 to 3-9.
Clonoe and Truagh Gaels will meet in the final of the Ulster U21 club football competition hosted by the Kickhams Creggan club.
In yesterday's semi-finals Monaghan representatives Truagh defeated Roger Casements Portglenone by 3-10 to 0-7 while Tyrone side Clonoe accounted for St Peter's Warrenpoint by 0-8 to 0-7.
Results: Inter-provincial football championship final: Connacht 2-19 Ulster 1-7.
Sigerson Cup Final: UCC 0-10 UUJ 0-9
All-Ireland Inter-Firms Semi-Final: Liebherr (Killarney) 1-9 NI Fire and Rescue Service 0-6.
Allianz Hurling League Division 1B: Limerick 3-26 Antrim 0-12
Division 2A: Westmeath 0-8 Derry 3-11
Division 2B: Fingal 2-18 Armagh 2-13; Down 1-15 Wicklow 0-10.
Division 3B: Roscommon 1-8 Monaghan 1-12; Longford 3-9 Donegal 1-20.
Ladies National Football League: Armagh 3-11 Longford 1-8