Dominant Dublin deliver All-Ireland warning with fourth crown in a row
Dublin 2-18 - Kerry0-13
A fourth consecutive Allianz League Division One title triumph for Dublin is not by any means an insignificant statistic yet it is overshadowed by what was, in essence, the team's declaration of All-Ireland war.
Rarely do Kerry suffer 11-point defeats in Croke Park but yesterday they were brought to their knees. No one was left in any doubt that Dublin view this as the first leg of a double.
Ahead by 0-10 to 0-8 at the interval, Dublin had not bared their teeth but once they did, Kerry were swallowed whole.
Aidan O'Mahony's red card in the 49th minute was a grievous laceration in the Kingdom's morale, the string of Dublin points from the 57th until the 68th minute an indictment of their defensive frailties and the late goals from Paul Flynn and Eric Lowndes savage killer blows.
Darran O'Sullivan, Peter Crowley, Paul Murphy, Kieran Donaghy and Brian Sheehan tried to apply the kiss of life to Kerry but it was all in vain.
Dublin scorers: D Rock 0-5 (3f, 1 pen), P Flynn, E Lowndes 1-0 each, B Brogan 0-4, K McManamon, C Kilkenny 0-2 each, C Costello, D Connolly, J Cooper, B Fenton, P Mannion 0-1 each.
Kerry scorers: B Sheehan 0-3 (3f), D O'Sullivan, S O'Brien, P Crowley 0-2 each, C Cooper, D Walsh, K Donaghy, P Murphy 0-1 each.