Kerry too strong for Tipp

Tipperary 0-13 Kerry 2-22

Tipperary 0-13 Kerry 2-22

Eoin Brosnan and Colm Cooper both crashed home second half goals as All-Ireland champions Kerry began their 2005 challenge in fine fettle in Thurles.

The Kingdom reigned supreme in the opening exchanges of an at times one-sided Munster SFC quarter-final, with two Mike Frank Russell points, added to by Liam Hassett and Brosnan, putting them 0-04 to no score in front after eight minutes.

Tipp had to wait 20 minutes before lynchpin forward Declan Browne opened their account. Browne slotted over the Premier's only other scores, two frees, of the first half as they trailed 0-03 to 0-12 at the break.

Brosnan's punched goal on the restart, after Russell’s instinctive shot had rebounded out, put the decision beyond doubt, despite a strong final quarter from the home side.

Benny Hickey, Fergal O’Callaghan, captain Browne and Liam England shared out the Tipp points, with 2004 All-star Cooper notching a second goal for Kerry, who started without Seamus Moynihan at half-back, on 53 minutes.

Jack O'Connor's men next face Limerick, whom they beat in last July's replayed Munster decider, in three weeks' time.

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