WHILE not necessarily hiding his delight at his side's performance, Dr Crokes co-manager Noel O'Leary had a degree of sympathy for the situation Tir Chonaill Gaels and the London champions in general find themselves in.
"I spoke with them ( Tir Chonaill Gaels) about it in advance, they (London) really should be put into Connacht I think because I think it would give them far more meaningful competition and cut out the wait they have for the teams coming over to play them here. Certainly not having a competitive game since October had a big effect on them," he told the media after the match.
He admitted that his own side's performance was a textbook display.
"Once the Crokes get goals they are always hard to stop and that's what happened here today and I'm happy again that the wider panel that we have is playing their part in our progress as well. We're really looking forward to having a break now before Ballymun in February," the Crokes co-boss said.
When asked about some of his players' potential involvement with Kerry in the McGrath Cup in January, O'Leary said his preference would be for his players to get a break.
"It's not something that we have spoken about with them (the Kerry management), but I would prefer if the lads did get some form of a break before the semi-final with the schedule they have had. Certainly they are not robots!"
O'Leary acknowledges that Ballymun present an unknown challenge in February.
"It's one that we certainly look forward to, we feel there is room for improvement everything we play and it will be no different come February," he said.
Despite the one-sided nature of the contest, O'Leary felt it was a heartening weekend for the GAA in general to know that the community is still strong over in London.
"It's lovely to come over and meet people who are still passionate about the GAA despite being away from Ireland. Certainly to see the quality of players we brought over and how well they played was something they will always remember."