WATCH - 'It was like getting hit by a bus' - Ballymun's James McCarthy levels his marker with perfectly executed shoulder
Ballymun Kickhams and Dublin star James McCarthy set the tone for last night's Dublin final with an enormous hit on St Vincent's Nathan Mullins inside the opening minute.
Mullins, son of Dublin legend Brian, received the ball as Vincent's transitioned from defence to attack but was nailed by the All-Ireland final man of the match.
Mullins was down for about two minutes and left the field before returning after he was thoroughly examined by the physio.
That's what you call laying down a marker.
"It was an incredible hit. It was like getting hit by a bus. You have to give Nathan Mullins credit for getting up after that," Marc Ó Sé told eirSport.
McCarthy's hit didn't have the desired effect as Vincent's went on to dominate possession as their opponent's struggled to find holes in their defensive system.
Diarmuid Connolly's first half goal separated the sides in the end with the Marino side running out 1-8 to 0-8 winners to clinch their 28th Dublin title.
Watch the hit below: