Dublin manager Jim Gavin said his players showed great character to come back from trailing by two points at the break to beat Meath 2-15 to 0-14 to win their eight Lenister Football Championship in nine years.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: “They showed great heart and resolve and commitment throughout the full 70 minutes of the game.
"They held their discipline and held their composure and stuck with the game plan and kept trying, trying to put in practice what we’ve done on the training ground."
He also gave credit to Meath for bringing a hard fought game to the Dubs. “There was some really hard questions asked by Meath of Dublin today and the players answered them all” he said.
The 2011 All-Ireland champions went into the game as strong favourites but he believes the media did not give enough credit to the Royals.
“There was a lot of talk in the media in general, and pundits about how easy this was going to be for Dublin, I just thought it was quite dismissive and disrespectful to Meath,” he said.
“[We] knew this was going to be a big, big game for us and was going to be a big challenge and we, the management and the Dublin players, weren’t surprised in any shape or form how today went.”