Houlihan clinical for Kingdom
Kerry 3-19 Waterford 3-10
Published 08/08/2016 | 02:30
Alan O'Neill's Kerry shrugged off their Munster final hangover on Saturday to book their spot in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-finals.
Waterford, last year's All-Ireland intermediate champions, died with their boots but Kerry had Sarah Houlihan in red-hot form as she struck nine points, seven from play.
Waterford were without the Ryan sisters - Michelle, Louise and captain Sinéad - due to a family wedding and goalkeeper Katie Hannon captained the team.
O'Neill was pleased with Kerry's display but bemoaned some slack defending. "It's a relief to be in the next round and we're happy with that," he said.
Scorers - Kerry: S Houlihan 0-9 (2f), L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-2, B Breen 1-1, E Sherwood 1-0, L Rogers 0-3, L Scanlon 0-2, J Lynch & A Murphy 0-1 each.
Waterford: G Kenneally 2-0, M Delahunty 0-6 (3f, 1 45), K Hannon 1-0 pen, R Tobin 0-2, L McGregor & N Fennell 0-1 each.
KERRY: E Murphy; A O'Connell, A Desmond, K O'Sullivan; D Hallissey, C Kelly, E Lynch; B Breen, E Sherwood; L Rogers, L Scanlon, J Lynch; S Houlihan, A Brosnan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh. Subs: A Galvin for Brosnan (39), A Leonard for E Lynch (48), C Buckley for J Lynch (54), A Murphy for Rogers (54), C O'Sullivan for Houlihan (54).
WATERFORD: K Hannon; L Wall, M McGrath, M Dunford; A Mullaney, M Wall, H Power; K McGrath, C McGrath; E Murray, M Delahunty, R Tobin; L McGregor, G Kenneally, A Wall. Subs: K Murray for McGregor (39), S Dunphy for Mullaney (42), N Fennell for K McGrath (50), C Hurley for L Wall (54), C Fennell for Power (60).
Ref: M Kenny (Mayo).