Kerry had their second victory of the year with a comprehensive senior football victory over a Tyrone side that never got going.
The Kingdom was led by a brilliant performance by Padraig King, who was excellent over the hour. He scored 1-3 and his powerful runs had the Tyrone defenders back on their heels repeatedly.
Add to his side Mike Jim Fitzgerald, who kicked five points and the midfield dominance paved the way for the easy victory.
It was relentless waves of attack for Kerry in the opening half. At the end of it they had built a 4-11 to 0-3 lead, and it had its foundation in King and Fitzgerald in the middle.
King was superb with his running off the ball and on. He contributed 1-1, with the goal a fisted effort when CJ Molloy gave him the easy task after Darren Moore found the full forward.
They had their first goal after five minutes when Eoghan Hogan cracked the ball to the net again after link work by Molloy and Moore.
The second was another Hogan effort, fisted twice, a perfect option when King set him up. First he avoided the keeper by fisting the pass after it came back off the bar, and he had the simple task of fisting to the net.
Tyrone had little go right. The ball into the full forward line came out just as quickly, with two of their points coming from frees. At the halftime break Ian Galvin, the Kerry manager, was in a very good position.
Kerry continued their pressure in the second half, granted the intensity was a little less. They added the first six points of the half with Molloy and King both getting two each.
It was all of 22 minutes before Tyrone added to their total when Mickey Coleman, the New York trainer, fired over from play.
Kerry were winning all of their own Niall Moran kickouts, and the half back line was stopping any Tyrone attacks easily to create danger at the other end.
Fitzgerald sandwiched a Coleman point with two of his own to close out the scoring in a casual second half.
The Kerry defense never allowed their opponents to settle. Huvane and Scannell won all their individual battles. Michael Nester impressed and may just be the center half they need for the crowded days when it’s 15 a side.
Mike Jim and Padraig King were outstanding, but again the day was easy so Ian Galvin won’t read too much into it. Moore and Hogan were the most effective up front, although Sean Kelly also looked decent when he was relocated their in the second half.
Tyrone will want to forget this contest quickly. Seamus Skeffington, Aiden Power and Ger Kelly were about the most prominent.
Kerry: 1 Niall Moran, 2 James Huvane, 4 Kieran Scannell, 5 Sean Kelly (0-2), 6 Michael Nester (1-0), 7 Darren Courtney, 8 Mike Jim Fitzgerald (0-5), 9 Padraig King (1-3), 10 Ross Donavan, 11 Eoin Hogan (2-1), 12 Robbie Moran, 13 Darren Moore (0-6), 15 CJ Molloy (0-2). Subs: Paul McGill, Danny Kennelly, Shane Coffey.
Tyrone: 1 Damian Corrigan, 2 Ger McCullough, 4 Daniel Jackson, 5 Kieran Queely, 6 Mickey Coleman (0-3), 7 Seamus Skeffington, 8 Aiden Power (0-1), 9 Conor McNabb, 10 Adam Fitzgerald (0-1), 11 Conor Skeffington, 12 Ger Kelly, 13 Damien Patton, 15 Anton McConnell.
Referee: Tommy Fahey
Man of the match: Padraig King (Kerry).
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