All Ireland champions Tipperary open with a win

Munster and All Ireland minor football champions Tipperary began the defence of their titles in impressive fashion at Tralee on Saturday evening with a seven points win over Kerry, 2-9 to 0-8.

Munster and All Ireland minor football champions Tipperary began the defence of their titles in impressive fashion at Tralee on Saturday evening with a seven points win over Kerry, 2-9 to 0-8.

Two second half goals from Colman Kennedy - last year’s All Ireland final goal scoring hero - swung the game decisively in Tipperary’s direction.

Tipp struggled in the first half and were 0-4 to 0-1 down after twenty minutes and still in arrears 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.

However with Philip Qurike outstanding at midfield and Kennedy lethal in attack, Tipp took control in the second period.

Ten wides were the only concern for Tipperary with manager David Power saying the side will have to improve on its shooting for the semi-final against Cork.