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Ballymun Kickhams celebrate their Dublin SFC title victory. Photo: Sportsfile

Ballymun Kickhams celebrate their Dublin SFC title victory. Photo: Sportsfile

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Ballymun Kickhams celebrate their Dublin SFC title victory. Photo: Sportsfile

Another Super Sunday in Parnell Park.

After the hurlers of Cuala and Ballyboden St Enda's dazzled us at the famous Donnycarney venue a week previously, it was time for Ballymun Kickhams to leave an indelible mark on the football championship with a display for the ages in their final with St Enda's.

The final scoreline of 1-19 to 0-8 was an accurate barometer of their excellence over the hour with the holders unable to keep tabs with Ballymun all over the field.

Nowhere was their dominance more pronounced than in the second quarter as Ballymun kicked for home with seven unanswered points leading them effectively home and hosed by half-time.

"I'm thrilled, both for the players and everybody in the club," said Ballymun manager Brendan Hackett.

"Because for years, there's been near-misses and there's always been an excuse.

"I said at the start it's going to be the toughest Dublin championship ever because every team was fully fit, with all the players available.

"It doesn't get much better than that and we probably saved the best for last. It was a great performance.

"Most county finals are tight tense affairs that go nip and tuck or else you get one team that absolutely plays to the best of their ability. I think we played to the best of our abilities. Everybody was in the 8, 9 or 10 range.

"I can't honestly stand here and say that anybody played poorly or had stage fright through nerves. I thought they were superb," added Hackett.

In a year where pleasure has been hard to find at times, the Ballymun performance was a fitting antidote to all the doom and gloom, a wonderful way for the championship to conclude.