Kerry give Tipp 'spanking'
Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-3
Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice wanted to have a look at Jack O'Connor's U-21 side en bloc when the Kingdom faced off against Liam Kerins and his experimental Tipperary side in the McGrath Cup at Austin Stack Park.
And Kerry's young guns gave last year's beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists a bit of a "spanking", in the words of their boss.
This was to be an experiment for "one afternoon only" but both Eamonn and Jack may have to have a conclave to see who will go into battle with Cork in Mallow on Sunday next. The Kerry U-21 side were mighty impressive, albeit that Tipperary are just back training, while Jack's lads are at championship pace for their U-21 series that starts in early March.
The home side made the early running with three Dingle players adding 0-4 between them before Tipperary's Diarmuid Foley raised a green flag to bring the Premier County back to within a point.
A penalty from Dingle's Cathal Bambury after the big full-forward was fouled by Paddy Codd helped Kerry to a 1-8 to 1-2 interval lead and they never looked likely to be caught after the break, with Matthew O'Sullivan added two further goals on their way to a 14-point win.
Kerry looked very impressive with Jason Foley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, man of the match Andrew Barry and Sean O'Shea to the fore and the onlooking Fitzmaurice must have been impressed.
• Just one mark from Alan Moloney appears to indicate their introduction will not be a factor come Championship time, though three may have been awarded, but two were ignored.
Scorers - Kerry: M O'Sullivan 2-0; C Bambury 1-1 (1-0 pen); S O'Shea 0-3 (1f, 1 '45); C Geaney (1f), T O'Sullivan 0-2 each; B O'Sullivan, M Flaherty, C Coffey 0-1 each.
Tipperary: D Foley 1-0; K Fahey 0-2; J Kennedy 0-1.
Kerry - S Ryan; TL O'Sullivan, J Foley, T O'Sullivan; B Ó Beaglaoich, A Barry, D O'Brien; B O'Sullivan, B Ó Seanacháin; B Barrett, S O'Shea, L O'Donoghue; C Geaney, M O'Sullivan, C Bambury. Subs: M Flaherty for L O'Donoghue (HT); B Sugrue for O'Brien (57); L Carey for Geaney (59); L Kearney for B O'Sullivan, I Parker for Bambury (both 64); C Coffey for T O'Sullivan (68).
Tipperary - E Comerford; C O'Shaughnessy, P Codd, R Kiely; E Moloney, J Feehan, K Fahey; L Casey, M Dunne; J Keane, L Treacy, B Fox; J Lonergan, D Foley, L Boland.
Subs: P Austin for O'Shaughnessy (7); A Moloney for Dunne (29); J Kennedy for Lonergan, C Sweeney for Treacy (both HT); J Hennessy for Codd (49); C Stapleton for Casey (59).
Ref - C Lane (Cork).