Dublin overcame Kildare in their opening Allianz National Football League fixture on Saturday evening on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-10 at Croke Park.
The All-Ireland champions flexed their muscle in the second-half, particularly the opening 15 minutes after the interval when they scored 2-05 without reply, effectively putting the game to bed.
That had been after some uncharacteristically poor defending allowed the visitors to notch the first goal of the game early on and in fact lead by two points at half-time.
By the end of the 70 minutes, however, only a last minute consolation strike from Daniel Flynn had put some gloss on the result from a Kildare perspective in what was, in truth, a hammering.
Cian O’Neill was quick to concede the gulf in class between the two teams in his post match press conference. He admitted that his side had made some avoidable errors but that when the Dubs stepped it up a gear at the beginning of the second-half, his team couldn’t live with them.
Jim Gavin’s charges remind him of the all-conquering Kilkenny hurling sides of the 2000’s when they hit full tilt.
When asked about that 15-minute period after half-time which turned the game on its head, O’Neill responded with the following:
“A quality side were ruthless. They’re as ruthless as quality champions are…
“They remind me of Kilkenny of the noughties where they don’t just bang in one, they bang in two ruthlessly and efficiently and put games to bed,” he said.
Bernard Brogan assisted the two goals for Dean Rock and Brian Fenton as the Dubs appeared to kick on in the second-half and banish the cobwebs of another celebratory winter spent by the Liffey with Sam Maguire.
This year they will seek to go one better than they did in the league in 2017, when they came up just short against Kerry in an entertaining final.