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Kennedy brace puts Kingdom to sword

ALL-IRELAND champions Tipperary blitzed Kerry in the second half on Saturday night to set up a provincial semi-final with Cork next month.

Trailing 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time, a physically stronger Tipperary blew the Kingdom away in the second period at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, with Colman Kennedy's two goals proving decisive.

Kennedy grabbed his first goal after good build-up work by Philip Quirke and Jason Lonergan.

A terrific run by wing-back Bill Maher led to his second and moved Tipperary 2-7 to 0-6 ahead inside the last 10 minutes.

Further scores from Kennedy, Lonergan and Maher put a gloss on the scoreline.

Scorers -- Tipperary: C Kennedy (2f) 2-2, B Maher, TJ Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, J Lonergan, I Fahey, S O'Brien 0-1 each. Kerry: N Sheehy (1f), D O Se (1f) 0-2 each, E O Conchuir, K Murphy (1 '45'), A Barry, S Moloney 0-1 each.

Tipperary -- E Comerford; T O'Donoghue, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O'Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J McGrath, G Henry; J Shelly, I Fahey, C Kennedy. Subs: D Cass for O'Donoghue (36), J Maher for Henry (52), T Kirwan for McGrath (56), TJ Ryan for Shelly (58).

Kerry -- S Cahillane; C O Luing, G Crowley, S O'Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Doyle, G O'Sullivan; S Moloney, D O Se, E O Conchuir; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane. Subs: K Murphy for Sullivan (18), C Fitzgerald for Daly (30), A Spillane for Doyle (41), A Barry for Sheehy (46), J Savage for O Se (58).

Ref -- J Bermingham (Cork).

Irish Independent