KILDARE'S unbeaten start to the National League came to a shuddering halt after they were ruthlessly dismantled 2-20 to 2-07 at Croke Park.
The victory will give Kieran mcGeeney plenty of food for thought as he must mastermind a 13-point turnaround if Kildare are to challenge for Leinster honours this summer.
Bernard Brogan and Eoin O’Flaherty swapped early points after a nervous opening to the game before Seanie Johnston scored a wonderful point on the turn to give Kildare the lead.
Brogan and Johnny Doyle traded scores before Paddy Andrews restored parity.
Points from Diarmuid Connolly and Ciaran Kilkenny helped Dublin establish s three-point lead as Kildare struggled at midfield but Seanie Johnston’s opportunistic goal leveled matters.
Points from Emmett Bolton and Brian Flanagan pushed the Lilywhites two in front with the Dubs guilty of some wayward kicking.
Darren Daly, Paddy Andrews, Bernard Brogan and a bizarre effort from Ciaran Kilkenny had Jim Gavin’s men back in front
Dublin picked up where they left off from the throw-in with Kevin McManamon scoring two quick-fire points and Paul Flynn and Jack McCaffrey adding others.
Brogan had two chances to put the game to bed but Shane Connolly kept both out.
Ciaran Kilkenny added a point before McCaffrey coolly slotted past Connolly for a deserved Dublin goal.
The floodgates were beginning to open at Croke Park with Paddy Andrews putting Dublin 11 points in front.
Seanie Johnston earned and sent over a free-kick for Kildare’s first point in almost 30 minutes.
Dublin continued to exert their superiority and Brogan finally beat Connolly to make it 2-18 to 1-7.
Emmett Bolton scored a late consolation goal for Kildare but even that couldn’t hide the embarrassing scoreline.