Many question the quality on offer, but to the victor goes the spoils, and Dublin can now look forward to an All-Ireland hurling quarter-final appearance after their one-point win over Limerick at Semple Stadium.

Ger Cunningham's side at one stage trailed by eight points in the first half, but strong finish to the opening period saw them only trail by four at the break.

A David Callaghan goal after 62 minutes would ultimately prove to be crucial as the Dubs prevailed by 1-17 to 1-16. Paul Ryan bagged 0-12 of the winners' tally but was keen afterwards to play down his contribution.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "We're just delighted to be back on the horse. We were hurting a lot after the Galway game and then we didn't play too well against Laois the last day.

"I thought the first half today was rough enough but we pulled it out of the fire in the end.

"In the second half we seemed to get a bit of a rhythm, upped it a gear and started to play like we know we can."

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham praised the effort shown by his troops in lifting their game following David Breen's first-half goal for the Shannonsiders.

"The lads showed fantastic character, really good character to come back from eight points down," he said.

"To get it back to four just before half-time gave us momentum and a huge opportunity in the second half to drive on."

Cunningham also had singled out the contribution of goalscorer 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan.

"The minute he came on the field he lifted the whole thing. He's one of the leaders in the dressing room and the lads have huge time for him," he said.