THE inevitability of a Kerry v Cork Munster SFC final is a step closer to a reality after the Kingdom overwhelmed a limited Waterford 4-21 to 1-4 in Killarney on Saturday evening.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men are through to a provincial final on July 7 (versus Cork or Clare) where they will get their first team of the Championship having now cruised past both Tipp and the Decies.
Played in front of a paltry crowd of 4,719, it took Kerry a while to get motoring but once they found their tempo in the second half they moved out of sight.
Kieran Donaghy, Declan O'Sullivan, Anthony Maher and Bryan Sheehan (penalty) all grabbed second-half goals in this 26-point victory.
Waterford made a battle of it in the opening half and by the break Kerry were only 0-8 to 0-4 to the good. However, the second half highlighted the chasm in class between the counties.
Donaghy's goal four minutes after the restart was the beginning of the end for Waterford and Declan O'Sullivan added a second four minutes later as Waterford crumbled.
Tony Grey did get a late consolation goal for Waterford – their only score of the second half.