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Dublin domination continues with back-to-back league titles

Published 27/04/2014 | 17:56

27 April 2014; Stephen Cluxton, Dublin celebrate's with the cup at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Stephen Cluxton, Dublin celebrates with the cup at the end of the game
Bernard Brogan scores a 25 yard pile-driver in the National league Final victory over Derry.

Dublin claimed the early silverware of 2014 when they defeated by Derry by fifteen points at Croke Park to claim a second successive National League title.

Jim Gavin’s men proved far too strong for Derry, who will look back on an impressive league campaign before coming a cropper today against the Dublin juggernaut.

38,841 spectators were treated to more attacking football from the All-Ireland champions and in reality the game was over as a contest by half-time when the Dubs led by 0-13 to 1-03.

Cailean O’Boyle raised the green flag for Brian McIver’s men but Bernard Brogan was causing huge problems for their defence, ably assisted by Diarmuid Connolly and Paul Flynn.

It only got worse for Derry after the break when Brogan scored with a brilliant effort, his rasping 25 yard shot finding its way into the top corner.

Oisin Duffy was black-carded and while Derry never threw in the towel, they had no answer to Dublin’s attacking display, with Kevin McManamon and Connolly adding further goals for an emphatic win ahead of the Leinster championship.

27 April 2014; Stephen Cluxton, Dublin captain, lifts the cup  at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Stephen Cluxton, Dublin captain, lifts the cup at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Alan Brogan, left, Dublin, celebrates with his brother Bernard at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Paul Flynn poses with girls from the Na Fianna GAA Club for a 'selfie' after the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Stephen Cluxton, Dublin celebrates with the cup at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates with Cian O'Sullivan at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Eoghan O'Gara, Dublin, in action against Chrissy McKaigue, Derry. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher
Bernard Borgan, Dublin, in action against Ciarán McFaul, right, and Oisín Duffy, Derry. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus
Mark Lynch, Derry, in action against James McCarthy, Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan
Patsy Bradley, Derry, in action against Cian O'Sullivan, right, and Paul Flynn, Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan
Bernard Brogan, Dublin, shoots to score his side's first goal. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher
Benny Heron, Derry, in action against Kevin Nolan, Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus
James McCarthy, Dublin, watches his shot come back off the post as Derry goalkeeper Thomas Fallon looks on. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher
Dublin supporters on Hill 16 celebrate a point for their side. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus
Kevin Nolan, Dublin, in action against Benny Heron, Donegal. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 6, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus
Cailean O'Boyle, Derry, scores his side's first goal. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus
Alan Brogan, left, Dublin, celebrate's with his brother Bernard at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher

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