Three reasons the Dublin footballers had too much for the Rebels

Three reasons the Dublin footballers had too much for the Rebels
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1. Sheer class: There is so much to admire about the All-Ireland champions that it is difficult to find a starting position. Any team with four successive All-Irelands to their name has to be different, unique even, and Dublin are in the final stages of being crowned the greatest team of all time. 

Despite conceding 1-17, which is a lot by their standards, you always sensed Dublin had answers for everything Cork threw at them. It's a sign of the maturity, experience, class and general know-how in this Dublin set-up that makes them so special.

2. Goals: The warning signs appeared the previous week in Thurles, when Laois caused more than a few heart-attacks in the Cork defence. 

The danger was that if the Dubs got a sniff of Mark White's eyes they wouldn't think twice about burying any chance that came their way. The Dubs finished with five and it could have been more. 

It was a classic example of how their patient and yet so incisive attacking play rips teams to shreds and left keeper White with little chance of saving.

3. Cork's inexperience: In fairness Cork were true to their word and didn't park the bus. 

Instead they had a cut and deserve credit for taking the game to the Dubs on every possible occasion. 

Some of their point-taking was from the top drawer, but it's the concession of those five goals and the manner in which they occurred from which lessons will have to be learned.

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