Relief was the main emotion for man of the match Paul Mannion after claiming a first ever Championship medal with club Kilmacud Crokes.

The 25-year-old may already have four Celtic crosses on the mantelpiece but until Crokes' victory over St Jude's in yesterday's Dublin decider, he had never won with the club, even at underage level.

Mannion was on fire on Monday, hitting 1-06 from play, including a crucial goal to end a Jude's fightback.

"It's just a relief to get over the line," he told RTÉ Sport. "We knew it was going to be a really tough game. Jude's are a dogged team.

"Knowing how they came back in previous games against Ballymun and Vincent's that they can nick one right at the end and suddenly we'd be a point down.

"The lads out the field and all around me fed in some top-class ball, so that was the easy part just to kick it over. The hard work was done by the rest of the lads."

Mannion was on the team that lost to Ballymun in the final in 2014 and last year's semi-final.

"We learned from losses we had over the years that we didn't close out games that we should have," he said. "It's nice to cash in those lessons.

"It's my first ever Championship medal with Kilmacud Crokes. There was a bit of a blank in my biography in the programme so it's nice to fill that a little bit."

Crokes led 0-07 to 0-03 at the break but Jude's had reeled in their advantage to just two before a rasping finish to the net from former Dublin and Clare footballer Pat Burke.

"I was shouting at him to tap it over the bar but he didn't listen, he just put his foot through it," chuckled Mannion. "We were only a couple of points ahead.

"I was delighted to see it go in. Fair play to him, he went for goal and it paid off."

For Burke, his fellow goalscorer was in such red-hot form that he was trying not to get in his way.

"Mannion was excellent and Cian O'Sullivan as well," he said.

"To have those two Dublin lads in the team made a massive difference today. They're just a class above. We owe them a lot.

"In the first half, I was just trying to get out of Mannion's way and let him get the ball. He was superb."

"He's a phenomenal talent. He works very hard, he's a humble guy. He's an elite athlete and he's got all the ball skills.

"I'm delighted for him that he really took this time to shine. He deserved that."