The Downs manager Lar Wall is paying tribute to his team after their win in Dublin over the weekend.
Front foot defending was the difference between The Downs and Ratoath according to the Westmeath champions manager.
Lar Wall's side will face off against Kilmacud Crokes in the Leinster decider in just under two weeks time.
There was little to separate Ratoath and The Downs throughout, with the game finishing 2-12 to 17 points.
Wall says aggressive defending was paramount to his side's ultimate success on Saturday: