Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6
An impressive looking Kerry minor side proved far too strong for Waterford in their Munster Championship quarter-final clash at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening.
The home side were quick off the mark and led by 0-3 to 0-0 after just 5 minutes. The home side replied with a point of their own, but Jamie Moriarty added yet another for the hosts. A Nugent point kept Waterford in the game but when Padraig Boyle found the net, Kerry lead by 1-4 to 0-2. Waterford hit back once more to make it 1-4 to 0-3 before O’Donoghue and Power exchanged points, leaving it 1-5 to 0-3.
O’Donoghue added his second point and then Moriarty scored a goal,to give the kingdom a commanding lead approaching halftime. It was to be the last score of the half, and the sides went in at the break,with Kerry ahead 2-6 to 0-4.
Nugent pointed his second for Waterford right after the restart but Kerry hit back with three quick scores from O’Donoghue, Thomas Hickey and Ciaran Keating. Another from Hickey left Waterford with a mountain to climb(2-10 to 0-5). O’Donoghue and the excellent Nugent exchanged points,the latter being the visitors last score of the match. From then on there was only one team in this game,as Kerry stepped up a gear and finished the game off.
Padraig Boyle added his second goal of the night and Thomas Hickey weighed in with a goal and a point, as the home side completely dominated the closing quarter. On this performance it will take a decent team to beat this Kerry outfit. While they would have been expected to win this game comfortably, it was the performance and manner of their victory that impressed.