But there was bad news for Kerry in Killorglin where Seamus Moynihan suffered an ankle injury in East Kerry’s defeat by Laune Rangers which could keep him out of the Munster football final against Limerick next month.
Kerry senior Cooper scored 1-10 (1-7 from play). But while Cooper was undoubtedly the star of the show, they also had excellent performers in James Cahalane, Danny Cooper and Batt Moriarty in defence, Kieran Brosnan at midfield as well as Aidan O’Shea and Ambrose O’Donovan in attack.
West Kerry were a huge disappointment. They could never come to grips with the skill of Cooper and only Tony Griffin at centre-back, Emmet Kennedy at midfield and Gene Farrell at centre-forward offered any worthwhile resistance.
: Dr Crokes: C. Cooper 1-10 (0-3 frees), A. O’Shea 0-5, K. Brosnan, D. Moloney 0-2 each, E. Brosnan, D. Cooper, R. Nehar 0-1 each. West Kerry: G. Farrell 0-5 (0-4 frees), D. O’Sullivan 1-2 (1-1 frees), E. Kennedy, N. Sheehy 0-2 each, J. Brosnan 0-1.
TWO injury-time points by Colm O’Connor and substitute Barry O’Sullivan earned Laune Rangers a 1-12 to 1-10 victory over East Kerry in a highly-entertaining clash at Killorglin.
The main talking point, however, was the ankle injury sustained by Moynihan.
The game appeared to be heading for a replay after Donal Daly had tied it for the sixth time with three minutes remaining, but the home side finished strongly to deny the divisional team a second bite of the cherry.
: Laune Rangers: P. O’Sullivan 0-4 (0-3 frees), M.F. Russell 0-3 (0-2 frees), J. Lynch 1-0, B. O’Shea, C. O’Connor 0-2 each, B. O’Sullivan 0-1. East Kerry: R. O’Donovan 0-5 (frees), D. O’Connor 1-0, J. Crowley, F. McAuliffe, M. Murphy, J. Cronin, D. Daly 0-1 each.
SOUTH KERRY, even without Maurice Fitzgerald and Declan O’Sullivan, advanced to the Kerry County SFC quarter-final when ruthlessly disposing of St Brendan’s 3-13 to 0-5 at Blennerville on Saturday.
With John Sugrue and Sean Hussey on fire at midfield, all six forwards scored, and this proved the difference between the sides as South Kerry, superbly led by Kerry U21 star Bryan Sheehan, just carried too much firepower for an overworked St Brendan’s defence.
: South Kerry: R O’Connor 1-3, D O’Dwyer 1-2, A O’Sullivan 1-0, B Sheehan, S Fogarty 0-3 each, R Hussey, S Hussey 0-1 each. St Brendan’s: S Hayes 0-2, B Poff, S Wallace, C Daly 0-1 each.
ST KIERAN’S progressed to the last eight with a 1-9 to 0-8 win over Milltown/Castlemaine.
Saturday evening’s match in Brosna saw Castleisland Desmonds rejoin forces with their district colleagues, St Kierans, and the combination had something to spare.
: St. Kierans: K Lynch (0-5, 3f, 1 ‘45’), J O’Donnell (1-0), J McGlynn (0-2), M Horgan and T McGoldrick (0-1 each). Milltown/Castlemaine: G Wrenn (0-4, 3f), D Twiss (0-3f), Mike Burke (0-1).