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Kerry send out warning to rest after disposing of Tipperary

Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10

By John Campbell

Kerry rapped out a warning that they mean business in an All-Ireland context by the clinical manner in which they swept Tipperary aside in the Munster football championship final.

Tipperary had hoped to upset the provincial applecart but from an early stage in the first-half it became clear that they were no-hopers with the Kingdom triumphing by 3-17 to 2-10.

Their emphatic victory was highlighted by a stunning contribution from Paul Geaney who landed 2-3 while Paul Murphy scored their other goal.

While retaining their Munster title is seen as a boost, Kerry - led by captain Bryan Sheehan - clearly have their sights firmly set on reclaiming the All-Ireland title.

Meanwhile, Cavan manager Terry Hyland and his Monaghan counterpart manager Malachy O'Rourke have the difficult tasks of rousing their sides for next Saturday's All-Ireland qualifiers against Longford and Carlow respectively.

The Farney county had been hoping to retain their Ulster title but instead they now face a potentially hazardous route if they hope to reach the closing stages of the All-Ireland series in the wake of that shattering defeat to Donegal on Saturday night.

And Cavan's morale certainly took a battering in that humiliating defeat by a rampant Tyrone side yesterday.

The resilience of both Ulster teams will now be tested as they bid to get back on the rails.

Also on Saturday Derry will host Meath, while Fermanagh will travel to Mayo.

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