Saturday 24 February 2018

Gooch stars as Kerry toll mounts

Colm Cooper returned to form in remarkable fashion on Saturday night, scoring an astonishing 4-6 for Dr Crokes in the Kerry SFC.

Just a week after Kerry's disappointing defeat to Cork, Cooper inspired his club to a 5-13 to 0-8 first-round victory over St Michael's Foilmore, including a first-half hat-trick.

But there is worrying news for Kerry boss Jack O'Connor ahead of the qualifiers next month as Peter Crowley (hamstring) and Tomas O Se (back) went off injured for Laune Rangers and West Kerry respectively, while Declan O'Sullivan played with a heavily strapped thigh for South Kerry.

Prior to his half-time withdrawal in Laune's 2-16 to 0-12 win over Shannon Rangers, wing-back Crowley was in impressive form, while Mike Frank Russell scored 0-9 for the winners.

O Se went off injured yesterday as West Kerry lost 0-13 to 0-10 to Feale Rangers. Anthony Maher was in top form in midfield for Rangers while Kerry panellist Brian McGuire was the best player on show. Neither Marc O Se (West Kerry) nor Paul Galvin (Feale Rangers) featured.

Kieran Donaghy enjoyed a mixed evening on Saturday as Austin Stacks needed extra-time to beat St Kieran's by 1-14 to 1-11. Donaghy was moved from midfield to full-forward and while he missed a penalty, he scored 0-2 and set up the Stacks goal to force extra-time.

Killarney Legion forward James O'Donoghue kicked 0-6 (0-4f) in his side's surprise win (1-14 to 1-7) over Mid Kerry, while Barry John Keane scored 1-3 in Kerins O'Rahillys' 1-12 to 2-8 win over Kilcummin.

Declan O'Sullivan scored 0-2 in South Kerry's 1-10 to 0-10 win over Rathmore, with the injured Bryan Sheehan watching from the sidelines.

Elsewhere, Fermanagh talisman Seamus Quigley has left Peter Canavan's squad and will not be involved in the qualifiers, the draw for which takes place this morning.

Irish Independent

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