Conway masterclass eases Kerry into last four
Kerry 2-19 Kildare 0-13
Inspired by the silken skills of 16-year-old Shane Conway and powerful thrusts of Fionan Mackessy, Kerry proved far too strong for Kildare in Newbridge.
Kildare could not match the cohesion of a well-drilled Kingdom side.
Two points from Jack Sheridan put Kildare ahead, but Conway responded with a score from play and a delightful side-line cut.
With John Buckley taking over at midfield and Conway pulling the strings, full-forward Mackessy was unstoppable, firing over two points in quick succession and winning a succession of frees which Conway converted to put Kerry 0-9 to 0-3 ahead.
A Reese Gavin side-line cut and a Sheridan free gave Kildare some hope, but Kerry had too much firepower.
Although Conway had a penalty saved by Jeff Keane, Colin Sheehy soon booted home football-style to make it 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval.
Conway fired over 0-4 in the opening ten minutes of the second half, and a 42nd-minute goal from David Egan secured a semi-final meeting with Down.
Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 0-13 (8fs, 1 s/l), F Mackessy 0-4, C Sheehy, D Egan 1-0 each, E Leen, K O'Regan 0-1 each. Kildare: J Sheridan 0-6 (3 '65s', 1f), R Gavin 0-3 (2 s/l, 1f), C Foley, C Melville, C Lynch, Cillian Byrne 0-1 each.
Kerry - D Silles, B Lyons, M Leane, G Stackpoole, E Ross, J Diggins, R Collins, J Buckley, T O'Connor, S Conway, J McKenna, D Egan, E Leen, F Mackessy, C Sheehy: Subs: K O Regan for T O'Connor (46), C Browne for E Leen (46), J Lenihan for D Egan (52), J Keane for R Collins (52), L Mullins for E Ross (54)
Kildare - J Keane, S Lacey, C Dowling, D Brearton, C Dowling, B Giffney, A Kelly, S Lawlor, C Foley, R Gavin, J Sheridan, C Melville, C O'Regan, C Lynch, K Gorman: Subs: Conor Byrne for S Lacey (35), Cillian Byrne for K Gorman (40), Conor Galvin for S Lawlor (43), R Hyland for C O'Regan (50) .
Ref - P Murphy (Carlow)