Eugene McGee: Dubs pass early tests but moment of truth lies ahead
The first of what I imagine will be several moments of truth for the Dublin footballers and mentors this year will come in the league final on April 24 when they will face Cork, Kerry or Down in a REAL game.
Then, after all the chopping and changing in the Dublin camp since last January, they will surely have to field their strongest team. For Dublin to lose their first national final since 1999 would definitely be a major setback.
Saturday's conglomeration of players wearing the Dublin jersey against Down really counted for little in terms of this year's All-Ireland. I doubt if half the players involved on Saturday will still be so if Dublin reach the quarter-finals next August.