Joe Morrissey, John Mooney and Andrew Poynter played pivotal roles as Clontarf edged out Waringstown in a thrilling contest to claim the first All-Ireland T20 trophy.

Veteran Mooney - keen to get back into Irish colours since his retirement two years ago - admitted the win came at the right time for a Clontarf side suffering a wobble in the league.

"We were delighted to win the first T20 and it came at the perfect time for us," said Mooney.

"We've been stuttering in the league so it was great for our batters to be able to go out and have fun trying the smash the ball.

"Our bowling all tournament was spot on and Ropu Islam held his nerve with great skill in both the Leinster and all-Ireland finals."

Mooney came up against Kyle McCallan in the crucial closing stages and it was a challenge that he relished coming face-to-face with his former World Cup colleague.

"We had some great banter and it's always great to see Kyle - he is still a top performer and a great role model for players."

With Waringstown needing 18 from 12 balls, it was charged to Mooney to bowl what turned out to be a match-defining penultimate over, which saw Waringstown only able to score three singles.

"I had a very simple plan for the 19th over and that was to bowl slower balls hard into the pitch on a good length. The ball was gripping lovely on it, and thankfully all six of them came out alright."

For Andrew Poynter, who was regarded by Ireland as a T20 specialist, playing in two T20 World Cups before retiring, it was a day to remember.

"It was a great day for the club and a fantastic idea by Cricket Ireland. The final was a really high standard of cricket. Really happy to have Clontarf as the first name on the trophy!

"Hopefully it will spark up some form and confidence for our batters that we have been lacking in last few weeks and get us our third league title in a row. As our bowlers have been class all year."

The 30 year-old was quick to pay tribute to the influence of player-coach John Mooney who won the Man-of-the-Match in the final decider.

"John has been brilliant on the field with bat, ball and in the field and even better in his first year as coach. To have his experience in our dressing room has been amazing this season. I think that everyone in our squad has improved in many areas of their game due to him."

Poynter also praised the influence of middle-order batsman Waqar Azmat, who joined the Castle Avenue side from Malahide, and played a major role with his powerful hitting in a crucial partnership with Mooney in the final.

"Waqar is a dangerous batter who has the ability to clear the ropes or bat in any situation. He has been a good addition to our squad and really pleased for him on how he has played the last few weeks in the league and on Sunday in the final. No one hits more balls than him during the week and it's paying off big time."

The final word goes to Clontarf captain Joe Morrissey - JoMo - or perhaps lucky Joe after he extended his toss winning sequence in T20 cricket to 12. He believes the expansion of T20 cricket is to be embraced by administrators.

"Cricket Ireland deserve credit for evolving this competition from four disparate regional trophies to having an All-Ireland aspect.

"T20 cricket has historically been viewed as a ‘sideshow’ or, more snobbishly, a ‘lesser-form’ of the sport it’s been clear for the past number of years that T20 is very commercially attractive and the trajectory is such that it overtake Tests and ODIs as what the ‘man on the street’ perceives cricket to be.

"The day itself fortunately avoided the torrential rain that washed out Dublin cricket for the day and having seen photos of The Lawn under water on Monday enormous credit is due to the groundsmen both in Lisburn and Waringstown to have their grounds in such great condition."

Morrissey relished the battle against a Waringstown side believed by many to the benchmark in terms of performance in recent years. "

Waringstown are deservedly ranked as the number one team in the country so it was always going to be a battle to take them on in their home turf. Fortunately we’ve got a pretty good team ourselves and, crucially, a lot of experienced heads who’ve played a lot of pressure cricket."

Morrissey paid tribute to an excellent all-round display by his side - perhaps best exemplified by them not conceding any bowling extras in a tight match.

"While John Mooney deservedly caught the spotlight there were a lot of very strong performances throughout the team – Ropu Islam has been outstanding for us this year was brilliant again at the death, Andrew Poynter – mostly known for his batting - bowled a really good, clever, spell when we needed him most.

"Bill Coghlan and Waqar Azmat led us with the bat as they’ve done time and again for us. Most importantly we had a group of players who aren’t necessarily the most sprightly threw themselves at everything as if their lives depended on it.

"As a club, we’re delighted to be the first winners of this trophy – we have a great family in Clontarf and it means a lot to the team to be able to lift the cup on their behalf.

"We’ve welcomed John (Mooney) as club coach – the work he has done with the first team and, more importantly , with the youth academy, has been, literally, a game changer. It’s widely known how tough John is but the shrewdness of his technical and tactical brain can’t be overstated.

"I’ll make no secret that having him, Andrew Poynter and Brad Barnes on the pitch together as leaders makes my job as captain an awful lot easier."

Morrissey finished by paying tribute to Waringstown and looked forward to the next clash.

"Waringstown are a great club, great people, beautiful ground and play cricket the way it’s supposed to be played. We’re looking forward to our next battle with them already."