Dublin manager Pat Gilroy says that he was never going to allow complacency to set in during their facile win over Louth in the Leinster Senior Football Championship at Croke Park.

The All-Ireland champions led the Wee County by 14 points at half-time thanks in part to a brace from Bernard Brogan.

The Dubs had the wind at their backs for the opening 35 minutes but Gilroy told RTÉ Sport that letting up was never an option: “Normally we wouldn’t get complacent about things like that. We were playing against a strong breeze [in the second half]. We were playing with a strong breeze in the first half.

“We needed to be well ahead. Teams could come at you with that breeze. It was reasonably good in the second half as well,” he said.

Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick admitted that his side were not able to cope with the power of the Metropolitans, who ran out 2-22 to 0-12 winners.

Fitzpatrick said: “They are a machine. The way they played football today, their passing, their running off the ball. In fairness we had no answer whatsoever. They were very, very strong."