Sheehan in starring role
Billy Sheehan was the Kerry star as his side had a comfortable win at Limerick. Tipperary's Aidan Fogarty scored the opening point inside a minute, but two goals from Sheehan saw Kerry lead at halftime by 2-2 to 0-4.
Tipperary were killed off by Sheehan's third goal on 42 minutes after a goalkeeping error.
Kerry: D Enright; S O'Sullivan, J Culhane, B Fitzgerald; S Hegarty, E Courtney, P Galvin; J Sugrue (0-1), P Kennedy; E Galvin (0-2), E Brosnan, L Boyle; B Sheehan (3-0), N Kennel- ly (0-4), K Foley (0-1). Subs: B O'Connor for Galvin, B Hickey for Boyle.
Tipperary: C McMenamin; W Ryan, N Curran, D Gleeson; S Maher, S McDermott, D Hackett (0-1); E O'Connor, A Fitzgerald; T Connors, K Mulryan (0-1), D O'Brien (0-2); K Dempsey (0-2), A Fogarty (0-1), J Ferncombe. Subs: J Tierney (1-0) for Ferncombe, M Fitzgerald for Connors.
Referee - H Ryan (Limerick).