KERRY had an easy win over Tipperary in the McGrath Cup on Sunday afternoon at Austin Stack Park.
Fielding a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad and managed by the Under 21 management team, they beat the Premier county by 3-11 to 1-3.
Tipperary had seven of the side that contested the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo last August and while January is hardly a time to be making assessments, the Kerry under 21s looked sharp and it bodes well for the spring when their Munster championship campaign gets underway against Clare on March 8.
Kerry opened the scoring but a goal from Diarmuid Foley gave Tipp the lead on ten minutes. The home side took control from then on and scored six of the next seven points.
When Matthew O’Sullivan was pulled down in the square on 26 minutes, Cathal Bambury scored the penalty and Kerry were cruising and led 1-8 to 1-2 at the break.
The second half saw scores hard to come by, but two goals from Matthew O’Sullivan of St Michaels Foilmore on the 46th and 68th minutes and points from Matthew Flaherty and Sean O’Shea ensured a Kerry victory.
Kerry go to Mallow next Sunday for their game against Cork (2pm) with a place in the McGrath Cup final up for grabs on January 22. Scroll down for action shots from the match…