Kerry 2-26 Kildare 0-10

The stamp of champions was clear as Kerry opened up with some tremendous football at Croke Park to move within an hour of their third consecutive Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football title success.

David Clifford continued his stellar form for the Kingdom and hit eight points while David Shaw's 1-03 tally was significant too as Peter Keane's side cruised through to the final.

They will play Galway in an intriguing decider on 18 September and will hope their strong form continues having won every game in the championship so far by at least six points.

The back-to-back champions cruised through Munster with 35 points to spare and had 12 different scorers this time, including points from four players who started in defence.

Brendan Hackett's Leinster champions stuck with Kerry for the first 20 minutes or so but it was all downhill after that as they were easily brushed aside.

A third straight title success would be a little piece of modern history for Kerry as their one and only three-in-a-row at this level came back in the 1930s.

Rising star Clifford tormented defences throughout the Munster championship, hitting 1-5 in the provincial final and added five points in the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Derry

The Man of the Match opened his account within five minutes here before playing a quick free to David Shaw to leave the scores at 0-02 to 0-02.

It was a tense opening quarter and the sides were level four times up to 0-05 apiece before Kerry finally put some clear daylight between the teams.

They pulled four clear by half-time to lead by 0-11 to 0-07 and, in truth, the margin should have been even greater.

Diarmuid O'Connor went close with a goal opportunity and Kerry also hit seven wides in the half.

They were in firm control towards the interval though and a three-in-a-row of points from Niall Collins, O'Connor and Clifford put them into that four-point lead.

A storming third quarter performance from Kerry ultimately settled the game as they soared ten clear by the 40th minute before nailing their first goal.

Dara Moynihan hit back to back points before the likes of Michael Potts and Mike Breen got in on the scoring act.

Clifford remained influential too, nailing two points before fetching expertly above his man and laying off to Shaw who ran through and slotted calmly to the Kildare net.

That goal moved Kerry 1-18 to 0-8 ahead and they opened up Kildare's defence virtually at will in the closing stages, picking off a second goal seven minutes into injury-time when O'Connor strolled through to blast a low shot in at the near post.

Kerry: B Courtney; D Naughton, M Potts (0-01), G O'Sullivan (0-01); N Collins (0-01), D O'Brien, M Foley (0-01); M Breen (0-01), M Ryan; D O'Connor (1-01), S O'Shea (0-05, 0-02f), D Moynihan (0-02); B Sweeney, D Shaw (1-03), D Clifford (0-08, 0-02f).

Subs: C Linnane (0-01) for Moynihan, C Teahan for Sweeney, F O'Brien (0-01) for Shaw, S Okunbar for Ryan, K Dwyer for Collins, S O'Luing for Courtney.

Kildare: L Mullins; J O'Toole, M Dempsey, D O'Sullivan (0-01); T Archbold, J Gibbons, S Doran; D Marnell, A Masterson; P Woodgate (0-01), B McLoughlin, C Costigan (0-01); C Kelly (0-03, 0-02f), J Robinson (0-01), J Hyland (0-02, 0-01f).

Subs: K Foley (0-01) for Woodgate, M Barrett for Archbold, S Kavanagh for McLoughlin, D Kelly for Costigan, J Burke for Marnell, N Murphy for Robinson.

Referee: M McNally (Monaghan).