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Dublin qualified for the National Football League final with a 2-10 to 0-13 win over Down at Croke Park.

The sides were level at half time after Paul Flynn had netted for the Dubs and Alan Brogan's late goal secured a place in the decider for Pat Gilroy's side.

Earlier, on the Croker double bill, Dublin and Kilkenny finished level at 1-17 to 3-11.

Matthew Ruth marked his debut for the Cats with two goals, marking himself out as a star of the future.

Eddie Brennan also hit the net for Brian Cody's side, but Dublin had their own star in Paul Ryan, who scored their goal and hit the three late points that earned a share of the spoils.

And as a backdrop to the hurling and football action, the event was used by the GAA to trial Hawk-Eye technology for the first time.

The score detection system was not utilised by the match officials in either game, however, and its use at the Hill 16 end of the ground was a blind run for the possible introduction of the technology by the GAA some time in the future.

Meanwhile, Galway won the Connacht U21 Football Championship title with a 1-10 to 0-4 win over Roscommon at Pearse Stadium.

The Tribesmen were always in control, and sealed victory with a late Adrian Murphy goal.

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