A listless Dublin side were outclassed by rampant Derry at Parnell Park on Saturday night.
Metropolitans manager Pat Gilroy will be mightily concerned by a sluggish display that was riddled by poor marking, while Dublin fans may have come to a realisation that Dublin’s strength in depth is sorely lacking.
Derry’s Paddy Bradley, making his first league start of the season, delivered a commanding first-half performance that netted him three frees and a point from play.
But he was upstaged by younger brother Eoin, who finished with a personal tally of seven points.
The Derry starting line-up showed seven changes from the side defeated by Kerry last weekend and they opened the scoring in the second minute from a Paddy Bradley free following a foul on Enda Lynn.
Dublin forward Blane Kelly, making his second start at senior level, levelled the scoring three minutes later with a superb point from 30 yards.
Bernard Brogan sent the home side into the lead with a converted free in the eighth minute, before Bradley restored parity with his 12th minute free. The Dubs defence was struggling to keep tabs on Lynn and conceded a number of frees for infractions on the player during the 70 minutes.
Paddy Bradley scored his first from open play in the 13th minute and Paul Murphy also pointed for the visitors.
Diarmuid Connolly and Conal Keaney got Dublin back on level terms before a Bradley free gave Derry a 0-6 to 0-5 lead.
Eoin Bradley opened his account for the evening after a Bernard Brogan free had pulled Dublin level, while Ciaran Whelan entered the black book of John Bannon after a foul on Barry McGuigan.
Brogan, Murphy and Muldoon added to their earlier scores as Derry led 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.
Derry made an enforced change at the break when Paul Bradley came on for Paddy Bradley after the talismanic forward suffered mild concussion in the first half.
McGuigan, Brian Mullen and Murphy all scored in a strong start to the half for Derry, while Stephen Cluxton had be at his best to tip Fergal Doherty’s audacious lob wide in the 15th minute. He was powerless to prevent Enda Muldoon slotting over the 45 that followed.
Eoin Bradley went on to bag more points for the visitors as Dublin’s capitulation showed no signs of abating.
Bradley’s long-range target practice helped Derry to double scores - 0-18 to 0-9 – with 15 minutes remaining.
Murphy made way for yellow card sub Eoin Brown for a clumsy challenge, while Dublin made a raft of changes. The impact was negligible.
Keaney and Bernard Brogan added point as Derry took their collective foot of the gas and Ger Brennan breached the Derry goal for the first time this season but that proved no more than a consolation.
Eight different Derry players got on the scoresheet, dispelling the myth that the Oak Leafers are a one man (or family) band.