Wednesday 22 February 2017

Colm Cooper on top form as Crokes advance to fifth Munster final in seven years

Published 13/11/2016 | 16:43

Dr Crokes will face The Nire in the Munster SFC final after both sides won their respective semi-finals today.

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Colm Cooper scored the only goal of the game as Dr Crokes beat Loughmore-Castleiney by 1-12 to 0-09 in Killarney.

The Kerry talisman scored a goal in the seventh minute, and Crokes led the Tipperary champions for the majority of the match.

This year's provincial final will be the Kerry side's fifth in seven seasons, with Crokes reaching four straight deciders between 2010 and 2013, winning three.

Their opponents will be The Nire from Waterford, after they outlasted Cork champions Carbery Rangers 2-15 to 1-12 after extra time.

The teams played out a thrilling draw in Clonakilty, with both sides finishing 1-11 apiece after full time.

The Nire's captain Shane Welsh scored a goal in extra time, and the Waterford champions finished as six point winners.

The Nire were beaten by another Kerry club, Austin Stacks, in the 2014 provincial final.

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