KERRY produced a tremendous second-half performance to blitz Tipperary at Fitzgerald Stadium.
It was a game that looked in the balance in the first half but Kerry took over completely in the second half. The Kerry attack was inspired by tricky corner-forwards Gavin O'Grady and Alan Fitzgerald.
Level on 1-7 apiece at the interval, Kerry then cut the Tipp defence apart. With Garry Sayers, Fitzgerald, Brendan Poff and JB Spillane all finding the target, the game was ended as a contest when O'Grady's clever cross was fisted to the net by Fitzgerald.
Scorers -- Kerry: A Fitzgerald 1-4 (0-2f), G O'Grady 1-1 (0-1f), G Sayers 0-4, B Poff 0-2, B Maguire, E Hickson, J Walsh, B Costello, J Spillane 0-1 each. Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3 (2f), G Ryan 0-3, J Egan, D Butler 0-1 each.
Kerry -- S Og O'Ciardubhain; K O'Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire; E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh; A Garnett , B Costello; G Sayers, M Murphy, J B Spillane; G O'Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald. Subs: M Brennan for A Greaney (49), F Courtney for B Costello (49), T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald (54), P Kennelly for G O'Grady (54), P Kilkenny for J Walsh (56).
Tipperary -- J English; D O'Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely; D Leahy, J O'Callaghan, M O'Sullivan; D Heffernan, E Kendrick; B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan; J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh. Subs: M O'Dwyer for J O'Callaghan (24), T Hanley for D Heffernan (40), G Quinn for M O'Sullivan (50), S O'Connor for D Butler (50), A Hannigan for B Hewitt (57).
Ref -- C Lane (Cork).
CORK did not find too much resistance as they brushed Clare aside at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Bar a sticky start -- Clare led by 0-3 to 0-1 after eight minutes -- Cork were always in control, never relinquishing the lead after Cathrach Keane's goal put them ahead in the 12th minute.
With Cork's attack in flying form, points from Colm O'Driscoll and Mark Cronin made it 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time. Keane put a gloss on the win in the 56th minute as he scored his and Cork's second goal.
Scorers -- Cork: C Keane 2-1, C O'Driscoll 0-4 (1f), M Cronin 0-3 (1f), K O'Driscoll 0-2, D O'Donovan (1f), A O'Sullivan, S O'Sullivan, A O'Brien 0-1 each. Clare: M McCarthy 0-5 (3f), P McMahon 0-1 (1f).
CORK -- T O'Connor; R Buckley, O O'Mahony, K Harrington; S Kiely, R O'Sullivan, B Daly; A O'Sullivan, S O'Sullivan; D O'Donovan, K O'Driscoll, C O'Driscoll; M Cronin, A O'Brien, C Keane. Subs: AJ O'Connor for Daly (47), T Clancy for S O'Sullivan (51), M Dilworth for O'Donovan (56), P Gayer for R O'Sullivan (57), B Coughlan for A O'Sullivan (58).
CLARE -- T Burke; C Marrinan, D Hickey, Dean Ryan; C O'Brien, P O'Connor, S Tierney; T Ryan, David Ryan; E Lyons, S Collins, P Clancy; P McMahon, S Crotty, M McCarthy. Subs: G Lyons for O'Brien, M O'Loughlin for Marrinan, P Collins for E Lyons (all h-t), M Malone for David Ryan (35), A Considine for Crotty (52).
Ref -- B Tyrrell (Tipperary).