Kerry strolls into Munster old firm meeting with Cork.

Munster U-21 Football Championship - semi final
Kerry 4-26 Waterford 1-4 
By Murt Murphy for
Rampant Kerry crushed an outclassed Waterford side in this one sided Cadbury's Munster U-21 Football Championship semi final played at the Austin Stack Park Tralee tonight. 
In many respects, it was men against boys, as Kerry carried too much firepower for a Waterford defence that was at sixes and sevens for most of the opening half, as Kerry ran riot. Kerry with James Walsh lording matters at midfield, raced 0-5 to 0-1 clear inside the opening quarter with points from Chris Brady, Conor Cox, James Walsh, and Kieran Hurley with two, while Gavin Nugent getting Waterford's sole reply.

However the Kingdom moved up a gear in the second quarter with their inside line of Ian Galvin, Conor Cox and Kieran Hurley cutting loose and goals from Galvin in 19th minutes, Conor Cox in 21st minutes, Kieran Hurley after a superb catch in the 27th minute and a bullet like drive from Stephen O'Brien just on half time, left Kerry leading 4-12 to 0-2 at the interval and the game was well and truly over.

Kerry would probably have preferred a sterner test but they can only beat the opposition that they meet but Waterford was sadly lacking in the basics of the game.

The Kerry defence were only tested in the opening quarter and they looked good, with Paul Murphy at wing back, Matthew Galvin, Pa Kilkenny and Ferghal McNamara performing well while some of James Walsh's fielding in the middle of the park was spectacular.
The Kerry attack did as they pleased with the inside line being clinical in their execution with Ian Galvin, Conor Cox and Kieran Hurley contributing 3-13 and only Ian Galvin as there as the end as Eamon Fitzmaurice called Cox and Hurley ashore long before the end.
The second half was purely exhibition football from this free scoring Kerry side, as some excellent scores followed at regular intervals, from Cox, Hurley, Marc Reen and Shane O'Carroll as Kerry moved 4-19 to 0-2 clear by the 40th minute, a lead of twenty nine points that they maintained right to the end.
Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice emptied his bench and with Eanna O'Connor kicking three points and Marc Reen two as Waterford failed to raise a gallop. Waterford finally scored after a 26 minutes draught when Paul Power converted a free in the 48th minute and then five minutes later Blake O'Connor got a consolation goal but Kerry added four more points as they eased their way to a Munster Final meeting with Cork in April 11th in Tralee.

* A minutes silence was observed beforehand for Mary Enright (Nee Walsh) and her daughter Molly who tragically killed in car crash on Monday might, and who were steeped in Ballinacourty and Waterford GAA.

C Cox 1-7 ( 0-2 frees), K Hurley 1-5, S O'Brien 1-2, I Galvin 1-1, E O'Connor 0-3( 0-1) , S O'Carroll and C Brady 0-2, M Reen 0-2 each, G O'Grady, J Walsh 0-1 each

B O'Connor 1-0, P Power 0-2 frees, G Nugent and R Cahill 0-1 each

Paul O'Sullivan ( Churchill), Matthew Galvin ( Ballymacelligott) , Mark Griffin ( St Michael's/Foilmore) , Ferghal McNamara ( Austin Stacks) , Pa Kilkenny ( Glenbeigh/Glencar) , Jack Sherwood ( Firies) , Paul Murphy ( Rathmore) , Darragh O'Sullivan ( Dingle) , James Walsh ( Knocknagoshel) , Shane O'Carroll( Austin Stacks), Chris Brady ( Dr Crokes, capt) , Stephen O'Brien ( Kenmare) , Ian Galvin ( Derrynane) , Clive Cox ( Listowel Emmets ) , Kieran Hurley ( St Pats)
Subs: M Reen ( Rathmore) for S O'Brien (h/t), Gavin O'Grady ( Glenbeigh/Glencar) for K Hurley (36), Padraig Lucey ( Legion) for D O'Sullivan (36), E O'Connor ( St Michaels/Foilmore) for C Cox (47), Mikey Brennan( Churchill) for S O'Carroll (47)

E Cahill, B Power, C Flaherty, R O Ceallaigh, M Power, D Foley, J Power, D Connolly, R Cahill, E Walsh, M Scurry, B O'Connor, P Power, G Nugent, S Kirwan
Subs: M O'Halloran for D Connolly (22), M Wyse for M Power (h/t), C Crowch for R O'Ceallaigh (h/t), J Prendergast for S Kirwan (h/t), D Purcell for E Walsh (59)

Referee: Keith O Brien (Tipperary)