Fermanagh were out of their depth in a one-sided Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Football qualifier against Kerry at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise this afternoon, going down 2-15 to 0-04. It was Fermanagh who opened the scoring with a point from Raymond Gallagher but Kerry went on to completely dominate this first championship meeting between these two sides, scoring two goals inside the first five minutes through Liam Hassett and Colm Cooper.
A further four points followed for Kerry, who had the breeze in their favour in the first-half, but it could have been much worse for the Ulster side in the opening 20 minutes as Ronan Gallagher made an excellent save to deny Mike Frank Russell a goal, while an effort from Donal Daly came back off the upright.
Rory Gallagher scored a free to reduce the deficit to 2-05 to 0-02 but by half-time, Kerry had added to their tally and went in at the break leading by a massive nine points, 2-05 to 0-02.
In the second-half, it proved more of the same as once again Raymond and Rory added a point each to Fermanagh's poor haul while Kerry's powerful forward line strolled to an easy victory, outscoring their opponents 0-10 to 0-02 in the second 35-minute period.
Meanwhile, in the second match at O'Moore Park, Meath comfortably progressed into the fourth round of the qualifiers with an 11-point victory over home side Laois. A goal from Ollie Murphy helped Meath to a 1-15 to 0-07 win. Laois had a goal disallowed after Chris Conway hand-passed the ball into the net in the second-half but they never really troubled Meath who were so assured of the win that they took off Paddy Reynolds, Ollie Murphy and Graham Geraghty.
The biggest upset of the night came at the Gaelic Grounds where Limerick proved too strong for a much-fancied Offaly side, emerging 3-09 to 2-07 winners.
Filed by Amanda Fennelly