Currie too hot for Cats
Dublin 2-18 Kilkenny 1-19
Colin Currie struck 1-10 as Dublin dethroned Kilkenny in an absorbing clash at Parnell Park.
The hosts looked destined to fall short as they trailed by three points entering injury-time but Donal Burke's opportunistic goal rescued a 1-2 to 0-15 draw at full-time.
Dublin resumed in a dominant manner and their control was reflected in Currie's fine goal in the 68th minute after superb play by substitute Ronan Hayes.
Such a dramatic conclusion was unlikely given the largely pedestrian nature of the first half in which John Donnelly inspired Kilkenny to a 0-8 to 0-4 interval lead as the Thomastown player struck three sublime points from play.
The free-taking of Currie and solid defensive displays by Paddy Smyth and Donnacha Ryan kept Dublin in the hunt after the break but four points from play by Adrian Mullen looked to have proved decisive.
However, Burke's goal handed Dublin a lifeline that their overall play merited and Currie's goal and two points by Ciaran Dowling gave them a sufficient buffer to withstand a late rally from Kilkenny that included a Shane Mahony goal.
Scorers - Dublin: C Currie 1-10 (0-10fs), D Burke 1-1, J McGuirk (0-1f), C Dowling, D Gray 0-2 each, C Ryan 0-1. Kilkenny: A Mullen 0-8 (4fs), E Delaney (3fs, 1 s-l), J Donnelly 0-5 each, S Mahony 1-0, V Costello 0-1.
Dublin - D de Poire; J O'Neill, P Smyth, D Ryan; J McVeigh, C O'Sullivan, E Foley; C Ryan, D Keogh; C Burke, J McGuirk, D Gray; M O'Keeffe, C Dowling, C Currie. Subs: D Burke for McGuirk (24), C Byrne for Keogh (h-t), R Hayes for O'Keeffe (50), D Hawkshaw for McVeigh (54), A Mellett for Burke (61), P Feeney for C Ryan (70), McVeigh for O'Sullivan (74).
Kilkenny - L Dunphy; J Molloy, T Walsh, V Costello; B Coady, D Mullen, J Connolly; E Delaney, C Kavanagh; J Donnelly, C Prendiville, S Bolger; A Mullen, J Bergin, S Buggy. Subs: S Mahony for Coady (41), M Keoghan for Bolger (50), T Whitty for Delaney (59), Bolger for Buggy (71).
Ref - B Redmond (Wexford)