With most of their All-Ireland winning squad holidaying in Jamaica, stand-in boss Paul Clarke managed a depleted Dublin to a comfortable victory over DCU in Parnell Park.
The full forward line of Paul Hudson, Michael Deegan and Conor McHugh scored 1-10 between them as the Dubs enjoyed a surprisingly comfortable win over the perennial Sigerson Cup contenders.
Niall Walsh also impressed at wing forward as a number of players put their hands up for a permanent place in Jim Gavin's squad ahead of the Allianz League opener against Cavan on February 5.
Hudson scored the only goal to give Dublin a 1-9 to 0-5 half-time lead.
Dublin - E Comerford; J Smith, E O'Brien, R McGowan; B Howard, C Reddin, N Scully; J Whelan (0-1), R Deegan; G Sweeney, S Boland, N Walsh (0-1); P Hudson (1-3, 0-1f), M Deegan (0-4f), C McHugh (0-3). Subs: G Ivory (0-1) for P Hudson, T Shiels for E O'Brien, R Gaughan for N Walsh, S Cunningham (0-2) for C McHugh, R O'Brien for S Boland, R Hazley for J Whelan, S Newcombe for R Deegan.
DCU - S Mannion; Eoin Smith, D O'Neill, B Kerr; S Lavin, K Feely, D Ward (0-1); C McGonagle, H McFadden; E O'Connor (0-1), M Plunkett (0-1), T Lahiffe; D Mannix (0-2), N Murphy, R Burns (0-4f). Subs: S Carthy for N Murphy, D Neary for D Ward, Eoghan Smyth for D Mannix, C Mulligan (0-1) for T Lahiffe, T O'Reilly (0-1) for E O'Connor, M Corcoran for M Plunkett, B Cawley for Eoin Smith, C Doran for B Kerr, T Galligan for C McGonagle.
Referee - C Reilly.