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McCarthy stars for Tipp

Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11

Published 03/05/2012 | 05:00

Tipperary easily dealt with the challenge of a visiting Kerry team in the first round last night in Thurles.

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Tipp came into this game as hot favourites and duly had the game all but sealed and delivered by half-time, leading by 3-10 to 0-5.

Kevin Slattery opened Tipp's account with a goal, but Kerry managed to drag themselves level by the 10th minute, with a flurry of scores.

Once Tipperary got their second goal through Mark McCarthy, it smoothed their passage towards half-time.

McCarthy secured their third goal in the 25th minute as some fine shot-stopping by Jason Wallice prevented Tipp from pulling even further ahead.

After the break John McGrath goaled from a penalty before McCarthy completed his hat-trick.

Scorers -- Tipperary: M McCarthy 3-1 (0-1 s-l), J McGrath 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3f, 0-1'65'), K Slattery 1-4 (2f), B Maher 1-1, S Cahill 0-4 (1 s-l), J Shelly 0-3 (1f) D Fitzelle, J Loughnane 0-1 each. Kerry: R Heffernan 0-4 (3f), M O'Leary 0-3, D Collins, B O'Leary 0-2 each.

Tipperary -- P Maher; L Mullally, M Breen, J Peters; R Maher, T Hamill, T Kirwan; B Maher, S Nally; D Fitzelle, J Shelly, S Cahill; M McCarthy, J McGrath, K Slattery. Subs: S O'Brien for J Shelly, T Gallagher for M McCarthy, J Loughnane for T Hamill, J Lonergan for B Maher, S Ryan for J McGrath.

Kerry -- J Wallice; F Horgan, K Skinner, K Carmody; T McElligott, D Fitzell, T Casey; D Collins, B O'Leary; M O'Leary, T Casey, K Fitzgerald; P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey. Subs: K Hanafin for F Horgan, S Leahy for T Casey.

Ref -- J O'Mahony (Limerick)

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