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.