Kingdom reign supreme once more as gutsy Clare fall away
Kerry 3-21 Clare 1-7
Not even the concession of an early goal could dent the supremacy of the Kingdom's young guns at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
While they fell 1-0 to 0-2 behind to Thomas Kelly's strike, the Kingdom responded with a goal and a point from Dylan Geaney and they pushed on from there to lead by 1-15 to 1-2 at half-time.
"I suppose you don't ever look at it as an easy win," said Kerry manager Peter Keane.
"The scoreboard might reflect that, but you're pushing all the time, working hard all the time trying to get things right."
Paul Walsh and Paul O'Shea were full of guile for Kerry while Geaney chipped in impressively too and Darragh Rahilly and Darragh Lyne ensured their midfield dominance.
Clare did grab the first score of the second half through sub Tadhg Lillis, but Kerry had a second goal immediately after, Geaney again on hand when Walsh's free broke near the goalmouth.
To Clare's credit, they didn't wilt. They were unlucky with two goal chances as Mark McInerney and Chibby Okoye drew fine saves from Marc Kelliher.
Kerry saw out the game well, with Walsh adding a third goal as he punched home from sub Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaioch's delivery.
Scorers - Kerry: P Walsh 1-7 (4f), D Geaney 2-2, J O'Connor, D Rahilly, P'OShea, R Ó Beaglaioch (1f) 0-2 each, D McCarthy, D Lyne, K Falvey, M Lenihan 0-1 each. Clare: T Kelly 1-0, S Meehan (1f), E McMahon (1 '45) 0-2 each, M McInerney (f), C Hassett, T Lillis 0-1 each.
KERRY: M Kelliher; C Flannery, O Fitzgerald, D Mangan; C Moriarty, D McCarthy; D Murphy; D Rahilly, D Lyne; P Walsh, P O'Shea, K Falvey; D Geaney, J O'Connor, M Lenihan. Subs: S Quilter for O'Shea (41), R Ó Beaglaioch for Lenihan (42), J Kennelly for Geaney (48), J McCarthy for Fitzgerald (53), D Dineen for Rahilly (55), S Óg Moran for Mangan (58).
CLARE: M Garrihy; J Reidy, D Connelly, G D'Auria; C Rouine, J Murphy, A O'Connor; C Okoye, E McMahon; J Regan, C McDonough, T Kelly; M McInerney, S Meehan, J Droney. Subs: T Lillis for Regan (half-time), P O'Donoghue for Droney (half-time), K Keane for McInerney (45), C Hassett for D'Auria (54), R Barry for O'Connnor (60), M Doherty for Lillis (60, black card).
Ref - J Ryan (Cork).
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