Tipperary failed to score in the second half as Kerry proved too strong for the home side in the Munster u-21 football championship at Semple Stadium on Wednesday night, winning 0-11 to 0-5.
It was a disappointing result for Tipperary at a time when football in the county needs a boost.
It looked like Tipperary were in for a heavy defeat when the visitors raced into a 0-5 to no score lead after eleven minutes.
However Tipp dug deep and points from Donagh Leahy, captain Adrian Cleere, Liam Treacy and last year’s All Ireland winning minor stars Liam McGrath and Michael Quinlivan meant they were only trailing by two at the break, 0-7 to 0-5.
But they failed to maintain that momentum in the second period and despite having two players sent off, Kerry pulled clear to win., keeping Tipp scoreless in the process.