Goulding brace inspires Kerry
Kerry 3-19 Meath 1-9
Kerry brushed aside a disappointing Meath side to set up a final round clash with Westmeath in Mullingar next weekend which will decide who makes the final.
Meath took a shock lead with an Alan Douglas goal in the second minute followed by a point from Joe Keena, but that was as good as it got.
Kerry struck their first goal in the seventh minute when Brendan O'Leary set up Jack Goulding. A minute later the same player found the net after a melee when Shane Conway's initial shot was saved.
Points from Goulding and Conway helped Kerry into a 2-9 to 1-3 half-time lead. After the break Shane Conway's free was deflected into the net before Colm Harty's point put Kerry 12 points clear. Shane Brennan's second yellow didn't help Meath's cause.
Scorers - Kerry: J Goulding 2-3, S Conway 1-4 (1-4f), P Boyle 0-5 (2f), B Barrett 0-2, M Stackpoole, T O'Connor, D Griffin, B O'Leary, C Harty 0-1 each. Meath: J Regan 0-5 (4f), A Douglas 1-1, J Keena, J Kelly, P Conneely 0-1 each.
Kerry - M Stackpoole 7; J Buckley 7, B Murphy 8, S Weir 7; T O'Connor 7, M Boyle 9, D Collins 8; B Barrett 8, D Griffin 7; P O'Connor 7, P Boyle 8, B O'Leary 7; J Goulding 8, S Conway 8, J Conway 7. Subs: C Harty 6 for D Griffin (35), B O Mahony 6 for C Harty (35), D Dineen 6 for D Collins (53), F Horgan 6 for T O'Connor (58), D O'Carroll 6 for B O'Leary (58), P Quille 6 for S Conway (64),
Meath - S McCann 7, S Geraghty 6, D Kelly 6, N Weir 5; K Keoghan 6, D Healy 5, S Brennan 6; J Keena 6, J Toher 6; J Regan 7, J Kelly 6, A Douglas 7 ; S Quigley 6, A Gannon 6, P Conneely 6 Subs: E Marsh 6 for N Heffernan ( 32), A Forde 6 for J Keena (ht), S Morris 6 for S Geraghty (44), S Quigley 6 for A Gannon (54), C McCabe 6 for J Kelly (54).
Ref - R McCann ( Clare)