Ulster's lady footballers had to dig deep but they managed to retain their Inter-Provincial title at Kinnegad over the weekend.
Monaghan provided the mainstay of the squad in numerical terms, headed by captain Sharon Courtney alongside Caoimhe Mohan, Aoife McAnespie, Ciara McAnespie and company.
Armagh's Fionnuala McKenna, Antrim's Claire Timoney, Catherine Mullan and Cathy Carey plus Eilish Ward from Cavan, Donegal's Geraldine McLaughlin and Emma Joyce of Down were among those listed for duty on the Ulster panel.
It was a memorable time for Fionnula McKenna, her call-up for Ulster action came after she picked up the Armagh Sportswoman of the Year accolade.
Weekend exchanges got underway via a round robin series: Ulster drawing with Connacht but beating Munster and Leinster to book a spot in the final against Connacht.
The earlier draws between the two finalists suggested a close-run affair and that's exactly what transpired.
The Western girls showed ahead at half-time in the silverware clincher by 1-4 to 0-5 but Ulster found extra reserves of strength in the second half with Eilish Ward, Caoimhe Mohan and Ciara McAnespie claiming scores as Ulster triumphed 1-10 to 1-8.
Along with ongoing qualification games in the Aisling McGing U-21 competition, all Ulster teams are now well into their preparations for senior, intermediate and junior championships that kick into action during June.