Diarmuid Connolly and Paddy Andrews paid tribute to Dublin’s team effort after wrapping up their 24th All-Ireland Football crown with victory over Mayo in Croke Park.
Much has been made of the strength of the Dublin panel this season and it paid dividends today as Denis Bastick came on to set up the second goal for Bernard Brogan while Eoghan O’Gara also contributed 0-02 in a 2-12 to 1-14 success.
Connolly told RTÉ Sport that Dublin’s reserve was the difference: “It was absolutely magical. We really dug it out in the end. Mayo are a phenomenal team, they really stuck it up to us for the 74 minutes.
“It's 24 or 25 degrees out there and probably 30 in your head and you're covering eight to nine kilometres on the pitch. The intensity was absolutely phenomenal and the hits going in. It does fatigue you.
“It's a 20-man game, you saw how much we emptied our bench and they drove us over the line. It was the impact of the bench. The team ethic is what it is all about.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Mayo will be back again. Hopefully we meet them again. We felt the pain last year. We know what they are feeling at this minute.“
Andrews said the players suffered in the humidity and those that came off the bench played a pivotal role.
He said: “We made a conscious effort to treat it as a normal game in the build-up. The heat, nobody really expected that to come in today but you could even see in the last 10 minutes of the first half that teams were visibly tiring and it was affecting them.
“Mayo were one of the few teams that matched us physically this year. The last 10 or 15 minutes, the guys coming off from the bench, it has been the case all year, we're very gratefully we have those guys at our disposal.”
What an unbelievable feeling. Just living the dream. #upthedubs— Dean Rock (@Deanrock14) September 22, 2013