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Saturday 1 October 2016

Jim Gavin: Dubs are on track for the Championship

Blues crush Rebels to make it three League titles in a row

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the cup following his side's victory. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the cup following his side's victory. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin

JIM Gavin proclaimed Dublin's preparations for this year's All-Ireland assault "on track," after wrapping up a hat-trick of League title yesterday in Croke Park.

Arguably his team's most impressive performance of the year thus far saw Dublin coast to a 1-21 to 2-7 victory over Cork, a result that makes them the first team from the capital to win three successive League crowns and the sixth major title of Gavin's reign.

"It's a fine achievement for them to have three National Leagues in a row.

"And whenever they finish their careers, whenever that might be, they'll look back and say it was a fine achievement," Gavin said afterwards.

"We came here to win against a very good Cork side and we're delighted we have.

"It sets us up nicely now for the Championship . . . things are on track."

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The Dubs immediately shortened even further as favourites to lift the Sam Maguire, and are now being quoted at 11/8 from 13/8, while Cork have been pushed out to 9/1 from 8/1.

There was some controversy in the first half, however, after replays showed a late and high hit from Cork defender Jamie O'Sullivan on Diarmuid Connolly, which went unpunished by referee Maurice Deegan.

"That's for the match officials to look after, whatever process they have," Gavin added.

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