Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6
Kerry returned to form with a vengeance to score a huge win over fierce rivals Tyrone at Killarney.
Stung by the criticism which followed hteir narrow victory over Westmeath, the Kingdom rose to the challenge by laying on a convincing, compelling display at Fitzgerald Stadium.
Now they stand just one game away from an All-Ireland quarter-final, with Munster rivals Clare standing in their way.
Kerry, with the wind in their backs and a big home crowd behind them, got into their stride quickly, with Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper steering over points to settle the big-match nerves.
Colm Cavanagh claimed Tyrone’s opening score, but that was quickly cancelled out by a Bryan Sheehan free.
Tyrone full back Conor Clarke pressed forward to collect a Peter Harte pass and fire over a point to narrow the gap to the minimum.
Referee David Coldrick had a big job on his hands as a tense contest threatened to spill over, with seven yellow cards handed out in the opening 20 minutes, four of them, to Tyrone players.
Kerry stepped up the tempo in the second quarter, hitting five points on the spin, with O’Sullivan and Cooper both adding impressive efforts.
Paul Galvin also found the target, with Cooper and Kieran Donaghy hitting efforts against the woodwork.
The Kingdom moved into a 0-8 to 0-2 lead, but the Red Hands reorganised with a handful of substitutions, and pulled back a couple of late points.
Darren McCurry, a pre-match replacement for injured skipper Stephen O’Neill, slotted a point, before Martin Penrose converted a free.
Kerry led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval, and stretched their lead to five through Declan O’Sullivan before Tyrone grabbed a fortuitous 43rd minute goal.
Conor Gormley sent Joe McMahon clear, and his shot was parried by goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, but the ball deflected into the net off Gormley.
But just three minutes later, Kerry had a goal of their own. Cooper and Sheehan combined on the right wing, with the latter’s cross fisted to the net by Donaghy at the far post.
That was the turning point. Kerry turned on the power, and outscored their opponents by six points to one in the closing 25 minutes, playing some delightful football along the way.
Sean O’Neill did pull back a Tyrone point, but his 47th minute score was Tyrone’s last.
James O’Donoghue finished off a move involving Cooper and Donaghy, before substitute Darran O’Sullivan set up another for the Gooch.
And in the 56th minute, Tyrone were down to 14 men, Brian McGuigan receiving a straight red card following a clash with Declan O’Sullivan, just seconds after entering the action.
Cooper and Donaghy were by now rampant, and finished the Red Hands off with another volley of scores.
Kerry scorers: K Donaghy 1-1, C Cooper 0-5 (1f), B Sheehan (3f), Declan O’Sullivan 0-3 each, James O’Donoghue 0-2, P Galvin, P Curtin 0-1 each
Tyrone scorers: C Gormley 1-0, M Penrose (f), D McCurry, C Cavanagh, Sean O’Neill, C Clarke, A Cassidy 0-1 each.
Kerry: B Kealy, M O Se, A O’Mahony, S Enright, T O Se, E Brosnan, K Young, Maher, B Sheehan, P Galvin, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh, J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for Walsh, P Crowley for Enright, K O’Leary for O’Donoghue, P Curtin for Declan O’Sullivan, B Maguire for Young.
Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, C Clarke, D Carlin, R McNamee, C Gormley, Sean O’Neill, J McMahon, C Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly, M Donnelly, P Harte, M Penrose, O Mulligan, D McCurry.
Subs: R McMenamin for Carlin, D McCaul for McNamee, A Cassidy for Mattie Donnelly, Stephen O’Neill for Penrose, B McGuigan for McCurry
Referee: D Coldrick (Meath).