Derry manager John Brennan praised his players after the 3-14 to 1-11 win over Armagh in the Ulster SFC semi-final.
"Victory is always fantastic and I always had confidence in the players - from one to 19 it was the complete unit which did the job for us," he said.
"We had to come up to a standard but we won more comfortably than I expected.
"They scored a goal early in the second half but we came straight back with three points and that is a sign of a good team."
The Oak Leafers have made the Ulster decider for the first time in 11 years thanks to the Clones success.
It is also Brennan's first year in charge of the county side and man-of-the-match Eoin Bradley was quick to highlight his impact.
"We blew Armagh out of the water and it's great to get to the Ulster final," said the forward, who scored 1-5.
"John has instilled confidence in the players since he has come in - making the final was our target at the start of the year and we'll watch the other semi-final with a smile on our face."
Armagh boss Paddy O'Rourke focused on defensive frailties after the pre-match match favourites lost out by nine points.
"We conceded three goals and when you concede three goals you are rarely going to win a game," he said.
"We were poor defensively and it is something we will have to take a serious look at.
"At half-time we still thought we could win the match but the game got away from us and we were always chasing it."