Tipperary didn’t leave Killarney empty handed on Sunday following a heartening win over Kerry in the junior clash.
Tipp wins in the Kingdom are rare enough so this comprehensive 1-15 to 0-11 win is one to be cherished.
Cahir’s Benny Hickey was outstanding with a tally of 1-8.
But it wasn’t a one man show with Paddy Dalton, Colin Morrissey and Tommy Ryan in the half back line excellent in defence and in the attack Gavin Ryan proved a good target man at full forward while Aaron Kelly, Eoin Ryan and Thomas Hanley were also prominent.
Tipp led 1-9 to 0-5 at half time following a superb display. They extended the lead early in the second half and even though the home side fought back, Tipp had enough in the tank to hold on for a famous win.
Kerry: S Dee, P O’Shea, A Lanigan, E Kiely, P Kilkenny, B O’Sullivan, N Fitzgerald, C McGillicuddy, A Walsh 0-1, G Sayers, A Fitzgerald 0-4, A Breen, G O’Grady 0-2, C Keating, P O’Connor 0-3. Subs: N Sheehy 0-1 for G Sayers; J Hickson for C Keating; D Somers for A Breen; G crowley for N Fitzgerald; D Daly for G O’Grady
Referee: M Condon (Waterford)
Tipperary: J English, C Higgins, A Kelly, G Mulhaire, P Dalton, C Morrissey, T Ryan 0-2, C McGrath, E Ryan, A Walsh 0-1, T Hanley 0-1, B Hickey 1-8, L Coskeran 0-1, G Ryan 0-1, B Quinn. Subs: D Heffernan for B Quinn; M O’Sullivan 0-1 for L Coskeran; D Butler for O Ryan.