Dublin returned to winning ways following the seven-month hiatus, but new manager Dessie Farrell knows that this weekend's Allianz League games are about way more than goals and points.
Speaking after his side's four-point win over old foes Meath in Parnell Park, Farrell hoped the round of matches would display the GAA's ability to proceed with the championships, as the country stands on the verge of tighter restrictions to combat the second wave of the coronavirus.
Leitrim afforded Down a walkover in Division 3 due to a large number of players unavailable, but with counties seemingly taking every precaution, the GAA will hope to display the ability to complete their competitions safely.
"All I can say is it is very difficult to manage from a GAA perspective and we're all hoping this weekend has gone off quite well and is a success all round," he said.
"We're just very happy to be able to play," Farrell told RTÉ Sport's Brian Carthy. "It's been a long time since last March and a lot has happened since then. It's great to get back to competitive action tonight.
"You're dealing with a lot of uncertainty and that can be challenging in its own right. At the end of the day all you can do is embrace it and take each day and each week as it comes. We're just delighted to be back playing a bit of football tonight."
Farrell is a former chief executive of the GPA, who Friday released the results of a survey that showed just over half the members who responded are happy to proceed with the championships under current regulations and precautions.
"Everyone's situation is different and even among our own squad everyone's situation is individual to themselves. It's hard to make an assessment of what the reason are but I am sure they are quite varied," said Farrell of the survey.
"Obviously the health implications are significant for some families and that is potentially a big driver of that minority who are maybe unhappy with the championship going forward."
Dublin are third in the Allianz Football League Division 1 table after the win, which saw Dean Rock's haul of 1-08 saw him surpass Jimmy Keaveney as Dublin's all-time top scorer.
"It's a remarkable achievement for Dean, I am delighted for him, it is well deserved. He has been a phenomenal resource to the county over the last couple of years and long may it continue."
One resource Farrell can no longer call on is Diarmuid Connolly, who retired earlier this month.
"He was massive for Dublin over the years and I think he has been well recognised as one of the best talents the sport has ever seen.
"Diarmuid, along with a few others, has moved on and all we can do is give them our blessing and wish them the best for the future."