Although down to ten players after 22 minutes, Kilkenny City showed real courage as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Shelbourne at Buckley Park.
It looked to be curtains for the Cats as they fell behind after 12 minutes and were then reduced to ten players when referee Thomas Supercynski red carded City winger Andrew Polenczak.
But the Cats refused to wilt and City's man of the match grabbed an equaliser after 41 minutes when he converted a left-wing cross by Martin Tynan.
Shels were somewhat unlucky to find themselves on level terms as they had bossed the opening half but found home goalkeeper John McGuinness in great form.
McGuinness made a brilliant stop to deny Mark Leech and he also brought off an acrobatic save from Niall O'Reilly.
But it was a completely different story after the break when City manager Brendan Rea sent on Joey Watson and Stephen Grant.
With Michael Comerford doing great work in midfield, Colin Falvey and Padraig Fogarty dominant at the back and Martin Tynan working unselfishly up front, Kilkenny had too much energy for Shels.
Shels opening goal came in the 12th minute when Francis Rockett lost possession in midfield and Mark Leech took full advantage to hammer home from close range.