Denise Masterson believes Dublin sent out an ominous warning to their rivals in the manner in which they clinched the Lidl National Football League.

Mick Bohan's side beat Cork 2-15 to 1-13 in the league decider on Saturday as they prepare to defend the All-Ireland title they won just six months earlier.

Speaking on RTÉ's Game On, former Dublin captain Masterson said that the reigning league and championship holders underlined the daunting challenge they pose to other contenders.

"I thought it was a very accomplished performance by them, moving the ball really fast and they still probably don't have their full-strength squad out, so it's very exciting for them looking ahead to the championship," she said.

"It's that lovely mix of experience and youthful energy and then Hannah Tyrrell coming back into the fold as well.

Hannah Tyrrell retired from international rugby in May

"I actually bumped into her the week before the game and she's full of energy and enthusiasm for it.

"When teams are winning as well, it breeds a really positive mentality and everybody is hungry to get on the pitch.

"I think there are two things going on. Mick inherited a really good team and then what he's done is blend the younger players in with that and the structures that are in place and the fact that they all love playing under him as well. It's worrying for the rest of the championship for other teams."

Turning her attention to Cork, Masterson felt there were echoes of last year's All-Ireland final between the same teams, when they made a fast start, only for the Dubs to come out on top at the end.

"I just think Dublin moved the ball too fast. They were probably more tenacious in their back-line," she said.

"Cork probably coughed up a lot of cheap possession and then they had an awful lot of wides that they will really rue."

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