Sunday 20 May 2018

Cooper leads way as Crokes open Kerry defence in style


Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Daragh O Conchúir

Colm Cooper might have retired from the inter-county scene but he is still causing heartache for club defenders with Dr Crokes.

The Gooch hit 1-4 (1-3 from play) for the All-Ireland club champions yesterday as the Killarney kingpins beat Mid Kerry by 2-13 to 0-9 in the first round of the Kerry SFC.

Austin Stacks, the 2014 Munster club champions, had a lucky escape on Saturday night as they needed a late free from David Mannix to earn a replay after extra-time with divisional side St Kieran's.

The two sides will renew their rivalry this Saturday in Scartaglin, with the winners advancing to play Legion or Kenmare.

There was a minor surprise in the second round of the Dublin SFC on Saturday night as Bernard Brogan's St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh side were knocked out by a Ciaran Kilkenny-inspired Castleknock.

Plunketts - who had former Kerry star Paul Galvin in their half-forward line - set the early pace and were six points ahead at one stage, but Castleknock stormed back to bring the tie to extra-time before going on to win by three points (2-18 to 2-15) with Limerick forward Seamus O'Carroll hitting 1-10 for the winners.

UCD have been relegated to intermediate grade in Dublin after they failed to fulfil their SFC 'B' encounter with Naomh Mearnóg on Saturday.

UCD, who cited the fact that most of their team are currently involved in exams, also gave a walkover last year and a rule introduced by Dublin convention last year provided for the demotion of the college side if they repeated the feat.

Elsewhere, Tyrone received a boost yesterday with midfielder Declan McClure's return to club action following a knee injury scare.

Irish Independent

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