Dublin manager Jim Gavin said "relentless competition" and the respect they had for Kildare ensured there was no upset in today’s Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final.

The reigning All-Ireland champions advanced to a final meeting with Meath and will look to make it nine titles in succession.

The Lilywhites whittled down the Dublin lead to four points at the break but a relentless second-half display with some particularly impressive shooting saw the margin of victory move to 15 points in the end.

Gavin explained to RTÉ Sport why there is no let up from his side: "With this particular group there is probably two elements to it. They are a very humble group. I saw over the last two weeks that when we got over the Louth game and prepared for Kildare of the respect they had for the opposition.

"They would know each other well from college, socialising together and playing against each other from underage so they know how talented Kildare are. I saw that in the preparation just how focused the Dublin players were.

"The next piece is they would all acknowledge the privileged position they are in. That is representing their clubs, communities and ultimately Dublin. There is a relentless competition within the group to represent Dublin on the 26 or the players that fortunate to get on the pitch at any given time. Some guys might have got 10 minutes, some got over 70.

"They understand they are in a very privileged position and we are very lucky to have a group like that."

The Dublin manager did have some reservations about the display – highlighting a need to work on holding possession ahead of the final with Meath in the two weeks.

"We’re delighted to get over the line today and be back in the Leinster final on the 23rd of June. Some aspects of that performance we’ll be happy with. Some of it wasn’t up to our standards. Overall we’re just delighted to be back in the Leinster final again to represent Dublin.

"We would pride ourselves on trying to play the traditional style of Dublin football which is a skill-based game. We do most of our work on the practise-field around those elements.

"It was good to see the amount of scores from play and the guys execute the shots. Interspersed between that we gave a lot of the ball away. That won’t be good enough the next day."

Stephen Cluxton played his 100th championship game today and a video tribute was played on the Croke Park screens.

Gavin acknowledged his contribution but wants to keep the focus on the team rather than an individual.

He concluded: "It’s a fantastic achievement for Stephen. He is just a humbled and grounded man. He is an exceptional leader for the team. He leads by examples and has a great influence on the guys around him.

"But he is one part of collective team that are all dependent on one another. We had a really solid performance today."