Collins and Nolan on song to crush Tralee
Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12
A new-look if somewhat makeshift Kerry side thrashed a weakened IT Tralee, despite being without their suspended manager Tom Howard.
Two early goals by Shane Nolan steadied Kerry at Tom Healy Park, Abbeydorney, while two more from the precocious Daniel Collins gave them the cushion they needed to play an expansive game, as they led 4-6 to 0-9 at the interval.
The second half was a complete non-event with Tralee only managing three points – Mark Deegan was their only bright spark in what was to prove a dark afternoon.
Kerry scored points at will without ever having to over-exert themselves, and added two further goals from former Kilkenny All-Ireland medal winner Willie O'Dwyer and sub Sean Maunsell to put the icing on the cake.
SCORERS – Kerry: D Collins 2-3, S Nolan 2-2 (0-2f), W O'Dwyer 1-4, S Maunsell 1-1, D Dineen, B O'Leary 0-2 each, D O'Connell (f), P Boyle, PJ Connolly 0-1 each. IT Tralee: M Deegan 0-7f, J Walsh, G O'Grady, S Conlon, P O'Connor, D Wallace 0-1 each.
Kerry – B Rochford; P O'Keeffe, R Horgan, P Costello; T Barrett, T Murnane, D O'Connell; D Dineen, D Fitzell; P Boyle, B O'Leary, W O'Dwyer; S Nolan, A Boyle, D Collins. Subs: PJ Connolly for P Boyle (h-t), S Dowling for R Horgan (54), Brian O'Leary for Brendan O'Leary ( 54), S Maunsell for S Nolan (54), G O'Brien for Connolly ( 58).
IT Tralee – D Delaney; P Nash, M Cleary, D O'Mahony; J Walsh, A Fealy, J Leahy; F Collins, G O'Grady; C Harty, M Deegan, S Conlon; P O'Connor, D Wallace, D O'Halloran. Subs: D Leahy for O'Grady (55), D Ryan for O'Halloran (55), D Ryall for O'Connor (55), P Galvin for Wallace (64).
Ref – M Connor (Limerick).