OISIN HICKEY scored 3-1 as Clare, last year’s beaten all-Ireland finalists, crushed Kerry at Austin Stack Park.
Clare were well on top, with Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin imperious.
SCORERS – Clare: O Hickey 3-1, A Mulready 2-2, A Cunningham, C O'Connor ( 0-4f) 0-6 each, S O'Donnell 1-1, C Galvin, T Kelly 0-3 each, G O'Connell, J Colleran 0-1 each. Kerry: P Boyle 1-1, PJ Connolly 0-3, M Delaney 0-2 (1f), S Dunne 0-2 (1f) .
CLARE – E Quilligan; J Browne, N O'Connor, S Morey; M Moroney, J Shanahan, G O'Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; A Mulready, C O'Connell, F Melody; S O'Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham.
Subs: P Duggan for F Melody (h-t), J Colleran for M Moroney (48), S McGrath for A Cunningham (50), D Moloney for S Morey (50), D Barry for G O'Connell (56).
KERRY – K Fitzgibbon; T Moore, D Fitzell, M O'Halloran; D Collins, T Barrett, K O'Sullivan; E O'Connor, M Delaney; R Heffernan, P J Connolly, L Fitzell; D Goulding, P Boyle, S Dunne. Subs: TB McElligott for M O'Halloran (43), P McGrath for D Goulding (46), D Leahy for L Fitzell (50).
REF – J O'Brien (Tipperary).