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Conor McManus of Monaghan in action against Paul Mannion of Dublin in the League last year

Conor McManus of Monaghan in action against Paul Mannion of Dublin in the League last year

Conor McManus of Monaghan in action against Paul Mannion of Dublin in the League last year

GRANTED, there's context. But winning back-to-back games of any description against Dublin is no meagre feat in the current climate.

Timing was the mitigation attached to Monaghan's victory last year – their clash in Clones coming just two weeks after Dublin had returned from a team holiday.

And the manner of it... where Dublin led by six points midway through the first half and still four at half-time, suggested a team still battling jet-lag or at least, early-season rust.