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Dazzling Dublin net title treble after win over Cork

Dublin 1-21 Cork 2-7

By Orla Bannon

Dublin completed a first ever hat-trick of league titles with an 11-point hammering of Cork in yesterday's division one final in Croke Park.

The landslide victory will see the Dubs installed as firm favourites to win this year's All-Ireland, ahead of current holders Kerry, while Cork will have slipped well down the pecking order after this dreadful display.

After Dublin reeled off the first five points inside the opening 13 minutes, the game already looked over as a contest.

"Things were not great for us in the league and we scraped into the final, but once you're in a final, it's there to be won and we're delighted with this," said captain Stephen Cluxton.

Dean Rock top-scored for Dublin with nine points, including six frees, while Jonny Cooper, Jack McCaffrey and Diarmuid Connolly all impressed.

However Cork were so poor that it's hard to read too much into Dublin's performance.

The Rebels lost to Dublin by seven points in last year's league semi-final and they were on course to lose yesterday by double that margin until Daniel Goulding's consolation goal in the last minute of the game.

Philly McMahon, who pushed up and played as an extra forward on Cork sweeper Mark Collins, kicked Dublin into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead in the 24th minute.

Just before half time, Tomas Brady was hauled down in the square by Michael Shields and Diarmuid Connolly slotted home the penalty low to goalkeeper Ken O'Halloran's right.

Dublin led 1-9 to 0-5 at half time, with Cork failing to score from play in the entire half. Shockingly, they had to wait until the 48th minute for their first score from play - a Mark Collins goal - and their only point from play arrived until the 52nd minute through Colm O'Neill.

O'Neill scored six points in total, four of his frees coming in the first half.

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