Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00
BEATEN Munster finalists Kerry produced a strong second-half performance against Connacht champions Mayo in Birr on Saturday to book a place in the semi-finals.
Just a point separated the teams when they met in last year's qualifiers but Kerry had 10 points to spare in this quarter-final clash.
Mayo had a seven-point haul from Cora Staunton but the Westerners, who trailed by 0-6 to 1-6 at half-time, managed just a point from play in the second half from sub Amy Bell.
Kerry, impressive winners over Donegal last weekend, were in good form again with Deirdre Corridan, a late call-up in place of Maria Quirke, catching the eye with a haul of 1-2.
But it was Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh's goal in the 22nd minute that put some breathing space between the teams, helping Kerry to lead by three at the break. Five minutes after half-time, Lorraine Scanlon got Kerry's second goal before Corridan made the game safe with the third in the 46th minute.