Dublin were quite simply brilliant, but everyone is talking about Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke at Croke Park tonight.
Dropped for last year's All Ireland final replay defeat for Rob Hennelly, Clarke may have a point to prove this year and he certainly did that with an unbelievable treble save from Paddy Andrews as Dublin romped to a league win over the men from the west.
The Dubs won a penalty and up stepped Paddy Andrews who had just been introduced as a sub. What followed was an incredible few seconds as Andrews' first THREE touches of the year were all saved by Clarke.
Andrews tried to guide his penalty to the left of Clarke but the Mayo man got down brilliantly to save. The ball rebounded to Andrews who looked to have a routine finish but somehow Clarke was back up on his feet and made another diving save, this time to his right.
Once more the ball rebounded back out to play - this time up in the air - and Andrews, for a third time, had another chance as he volleyed but once more Clarke was equal to it.
One wonders what may have happened if he played that final replay last September!
Paddy Andrews' first three touches of the season were all shots saved by David Clarke— ConorMcKeon (@ConorMcKn) March 4, 2017
David Clarke would actually do a job for Liverpool, no word of a lie— John Lally (@KlavanClyne_) March 4, 2017
3 saves from a penalty from the golden God David Clarke— Kirst (@Kirrrsty) March 4, 2017
David Clarke may have some radar trouble with kick-outs but his shot stopping is sensational. Stops Paddy Andrews three times in succession.— Colm Keys (@KeysColm) March 4, 2017