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Gooch: Mayo scalp to light up Kingdom's league tilt

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

COLM 'Gooch' Cooper aims for a double Connacht knockout against Mayo in Tralee next weekend.

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Cooper played a key role in Kerry's destruction of Galway in Pearse Park last Sunday, scoring 1-7 of his team's total of 2-16.

Now he is looking for another western side to bite the dust and ignite Kerry's league challenge.

Cooper has only played two games so far, and already has 1-12 to his credit in the Kingdom's winning performances against Derry and Galway.

That has whetted his appetite for the coming matches, as the Gooch doesn't subscribe to the oft-repeated dictum that league form is of no consequence.

"I've been lucky enough to play in a couple of league finals and win a couple of finals," said Cooper.

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"It doesn't always work like that, but if you look back on teams that have won All-Irelands they've always done well in the league, and that's something we want to continue."

Galway's loss of injured star forward Michael Meehan after just 20 minutes deflated the Tribesmen, but, even so, they had no answer once Kerry raised the pace in the second half.

The Gooch has just over 140 minutes of football played in the 2010 campaign, but is settling in nicely.

"I suppose I haven't too many games played but every game is going to bring you on a little bit more in sharpness and fitness-wise.

"We've always had very tough games with Mayo, be it in Castlebar or Tralee, but if we can get a win over them next weekend, we'll be in good shape," he said.

Irish Independent

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