Killian Spillane stars as Kerry run riot
Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 0-7
Killian Spillane lit up Semple Stadium last night, scoring 0-10 as Jack O'Connor's Kingdom young guns advanced to a third successive provincial decider on July 6.
Just five points separated the sides at the break, 2-3 to 0-4, with the goals coming from Tomas O Se and Jordan Kiely. But wind-assisted Kerry pulled away in the second half, winning it by 0-15 to 0-3.
Scintillating Spillane scored seven of those second-half points, including three frees, and even goalkeeper Shane Ryan got in on the act with a well-taken '45'.
Scorers – Kerry: K Spillane 0-10 (3fs), T O'Se 1-1, J Kiely 1-0, M Flaherty 0-2, S Ryan ('45'), B Rayle, M Burns, S O'Sullivan, C Coffey 0-1 each. Tipperary: W Connors, T Nolan, P White (f), A Tynan, J Bergin, J Kennedy, P Maher 0-1 each.
KERRY – S Ryan; J Morgan, B Begley, T O'Sullivan; D O'Donoghue, A Barry, B Sugrue; B O'Sullivan, M O'Connor; M Flaherty, B Rayle, M Burns; J Kiely, K Spillane, T O'Se. Subs: C Coffey for O'Donoghuen (47), S O'Sullivan for Burns (47), S Cronin for Sugrue (54), L Kearney for O'Connor (54), P Clifford for Kiely (54), J Foley for Begley (58).
TIPPERARY – J Brady; D Owens, P Murphy, C O'Shaughnessy; W Connors, L Fahy, J Skehan; T Nolan, S Quirke; E Maloney, P White, A Tynan; J Bergin, J Kennedy, P Maher. Subs: R Peters for Bergin (40), C O'Mahony for Skehan (40), T Lowry for Murphy (46), D McGrath for Quirke (51), P Gavin for Maloney (56), J Delahunty for White (60+1).
Ref – Kevin Murphy (Cork).