McGrath Cup wins for Kerry, Limerick and Tipp

All-Ireland champions Kerry, along with Limerick and Tipperary, progressed through to tomorrow's quarter-finals of the McGrath Cup following preliminary round victories this afternoon.

All-Ireland champions Kerry, along with Limerick and Tipperary, progressed through to tomorrow's quarter-finals of the McGrath Cup following preliminary round victories this afternoon.

In the all-Kerry clash at Strand Road, Tralee, second half goals from BJ Keane and George O'Keefe powered the Kingdom to a 2-12 to 1-10 victory over IT Tralee.

Kerry got off to a solid start with the opening point of the game through Keane after 25 seconds, but it was the students who had the better of the opening half, going on to claim a 1-6 to 0-5 interval lead.

IT Tralee's goal arrived after 15 minutes. Brendan Moffat lashed a powerful shot off the upright, before Patrick Curtin gathered the rebound and slotted the ball past Kerry goalkeeper Tomas Mac an tSaoir.

Alan O'Donoghue was the playmaker in chief for Tralee throughout the game, with David Geaney and Niall O'Mahony keeping Kerry in touch.

Despite playing into a stiff wind in the second half, Kerry bounced back with O'Mahony, Geaney and Brian Looney taking excellent points, along with Keane and O'Keeffe's match-winning goals.

Jack O'Connor's men will face Waterford tomorrow at 2pm in Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

Meanwhile, two first half goals from full-forward Ian Ryan paved the way for a comprehensive 3-9 to 0-6 win for Mickey Ned O'Sullivan's Limerick over Waterford IT at Kilmallock.

Stephen Kelly was a late withdrawal from the Limerick side and opted to play for Shannon in rugby's AIB League instead, with top midfielder John Galvin also a notable absentee.

Ryan's second goal was a delightful effort just on half-time and when the outstanding Jim Donovan notched Limerick's third goal, two minutes into the second half, the game was over as a contest.

By that stage Limerick led 3-4 to 0-4, with Ryan's first goal coming after 23 minutes when he fisted the ball to the net.

On a greasy surface the new experimental rules made precious difference as Limerick were always in control once Kieran O'Callaghan and James Ryan had their opening points without reply, inside four minutes.

Colm Coss and Brian Hanlon kicked points for Waterford IT who were outclassed by a Limerick side who will take on Cork IT in Foynes tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile Tipperary will face Limerick IT in Dr Morris Park, Thurles in tomorrow's quarter-final.

John Evans' charges secured a 2-9 to 1-9 win over University of Limerick in their seasonal opener at Sean Treacy Park this afternoon.

Both of the Tipp goals arrived in the second half with Sean Carey netting the first before a late Peter Acheson goal provided the match-winning score.

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