Dublin showed their metal as they edged a physical clash with Laois to claim their first win of the 2012 National Football League.
Dublin forward Eoghan O’Gara was the star of the show as he scored 1-05 to help Dublin to a 1-15 to 1-09 win.
After the match an elated Pat Gilroy hailed O’Gara telling RTE: “Eoghan is a guy that we have a lot faith in. We always respect the contribution he makes because he always gives 100%. He has a lot of football in him and it’s the first time in the two years that we have been involved with him that he’s been clear of injury. We wouldn’t be shocked by him doing that.
“It was not a great night to play football, it was hard to keep your feet and it was hard to keep hold of the ball at times. We made a lot of silly mistakes in the game but you expect that at this time of year. We did a lot of good things as well and when we had the six-point lead, we really should have pushed on.
“We gave away a very silly goal through our own mistakes really. But you have to be happy with the effort and enthusiasm for the battle that was there because Laois were good and they were up for it.
“They caused us a lot of trouble at the start of the match. I think we should have had a couple of scores on the board before they started and they got a bit of a run on us. But it was impressive how our lads turned that around as well. Laois have improved an awful lot.
“They probably didn’t do themselves justice in the championship and they are a coming team. There is no doubt about it. They were stronger than they were last summer. They might look lighter but they’ve got a lot stronger than they were last summer.”