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Geaneys send LIT packing

Kerry cruised into a semi-final meeting with All-Ireland champions Cork following this quarter-final mismatch at Austin Stack Park yesterday.

Manager Jack O'Connor admitted afterwards that nothing could be gleaned from a game that was so one sided.

Tomas O Se was dominant at centre-back as Kerry bossed the game from the outset, with Darran O'Sullivan -- restored to the attack -- looking very sharp.

A succession of points, including a superb effort from wing-back Jonathan Lyne, took Kerry 0-8 to 0-2 clear, and it was game over in the 32nd minute when David Geaney's '45' was punched to the LIT net by his cousin Paul. Early second-half points from Alan O'Sullivan, O'Sullivan and Paul Geaney were followed by David Geaney's 48th-minute goal, which put Kerry out of sight at 2-14 to 0-3.

However, the Kingdom's real state of health will be more apparent when they renew rivalry with Cork, on Sunday in Tralee.

Scorers -- Kerry: D Geaney 1-6 (4f), P Geaney 1-3, J Lyne, A O'Sullivan, D O'Sullivan (1f) 0-2 each, G Sayers, B O'Grady 0-1 each. LIT: G Collins 0-3 (1f), E O'Connor (f), G O'Gorman 0-1 each.

Kerry -- T Mac An tSaoir; K O'Dwyer, P Reidy, S Enright; J Lyne, T O'Se, E Hickson; S Scanlon, A O'Sullivan; G Sayers, Darran O'Sullivan, B O'Grady; D Geaney, K Donaghy, P Geaney. Subs: N O'Mahony for Sayers ( h-t), D Moran for Scanlon (47), C O'Mahony for O'Se ( 47), D O'Sullivan for Enright ( 47), M O'Donoghue for Donaghy (52).

LIT -- P Dwyer; S Bolton, N Brady, P Dalton; N Gaughan, E Leamy, P Sheehan; E Cummins, C Talty; D McNamara, D Clohessy, E O'Connor; D Heffernan; G Collins, G O'Gorman. Subs: T McCarthy for Clohessy (43), S Lenihan for Leamy ( 45), S Hayes for Heffernan ( 50), D Murtagh for Dalton (55).

Ref -- B Tyrell (Tipperary).

Irish Independent