Brave Stackpoole can't save Kerry
Clare 2-24 Kerry 1-15
A young Clare side, in their first league game under the management duo of Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor, got the better of an improving Kerry, playing their first home game under manager Fintan O'Connor at Austin Stack Park in Tralee.
Clare found Kerry difficult to break down, but edged a close first half by 1-12 to 0-11.
Podge Collins scored a second goal for Clare in the 56th minute before Mikey Boyle hit back with one of his own to leave five points between the sides with 10 minutes left.
But Kerry tired and were then outscored 0-8 to 0-1 as David Reidy brought his tally to 0-10 and sub Peter Duggan blazed a penalty over the bar. Kerry keeper Martin Stackpoole made some outstanding saves, denying Aron Shanagher two goals.
Scorers - Clare: D Reidy 0-10 (8f, 1'65), P Collins 1-3, K Hehir 1-1, P Duggan 0-2 (1 f, 1 pen), C McInerney 0-2, S Morey, J McCarthy, C Galvin, C Malone, A Cunningham and A Shanagher 0-1 each. Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (6f, 1 '65), M Boyle 1-0, J Egan and J Conway 0-2 each; P Kelly, P O'Connor, T Casey, and P Boyle 0-1 each.
CLARE - A Fahy; E Quirke, D Fitzgerald, S Morey; J McCarthy, C Cleary, B Bugler; C Galvin, K Hehir; C Malone, P Collins, A Cunningham; D Reidy, A Shanagher, C McInerney. Subs: P Duggan for C McInerney (44), S Golden for K Hehir (56), C O'Connell for P Collins (63), C Dillon for B Bugler (65), S McNamara for E Quirke (65).
KERRY - M Stackpoole; S Weir, R Horgan, B Murphy; J Buckley, P Kelly, D Dineen; P O'Connor, T Casey; P Boyle, D Collins, M Boyle; J Egan, S Nolan, J Conway. Subs: B Lyons for R Horgan (50), J O'Connor for J Buckley (50), F Horgan for T Casey (54), J Griffin for J Egan (61), P Lucid for P Boyle (66).
Ref - J Mullins (Limerick)