Cooper finished the game with 1-10, the highlight of his tally been an audacious 24th minute goal from a free when he lobbed backtracking goalkeeper Shane O’Sullivan from almost 30 yards.
Earlier in the evening Kieran Donaghy inspired Austin Stacks to the first Kerry SFC shock of the weekend, when they beat a disappointing Feale Rangers side in Listowel (1-13 to 0-14).
However the result might have been different had veteran midfielder William Kirby not taken a Noel Kennelly effort off the line in the 55th minute, when Stacks held just a one point lead (1-11 to 0-13).
The club sides pairing of veteran William Kirby and U21 star Barry Shanahan always held the upper hand on Feale Rangers duo of Eamon Fitzmaurice and Antony Maher, while at full forward Donaghy was at his menacing best.
Champions South Kerry eased into a quarter-final clash with Kilcummin after a nine points win over St Kieran’s at Con Keating Park, Caherciveen (1-15 to 1-6).
St Kieran’s, held their own in the opening half of the game but their spirited challenge was crushed three minutes after the restart when Bryan Sheehan crashed a low drive to Seán Óg O Ciardubháin’s net.
Sheehan’s goal put seven points between them and thereafter South Kerry merely went through the motions. The Kerry star had a fine afternoon; hitting 1-9, including one magnificent point from a sideline 55 yards from goal.
Home advantage was of little benefit to Laune Rangers who were defeated (1-10 to 1-7) by West Kerry in Killorglin After a poor first half, Páidi O Se’s team led 0-4 to 0-3 and would have been further ahead but for poor finishing.
The hosts were hampered by the loss of Liam Hassett for the second half through injury, while the amalgamation benefited from the introduction of Riobeard MacGearailt. Rangers rallied in the closing stages and were inspired by an injury-time Jerry Coffey goal and two frees from Mike Frank Russell. But, it came too late to save them,
In the second game of the double header midfielder Johnny Buckley was the scoring hero for Rathmore in their hard-earned 2-8 to 1-8 victory over Mid Kerry. He converted penalties in the first and second halves of a game in which former Kerry captain Darran O’Sullivan played a major role for the divisional side and was unfortunate to finish up on the losing side.
Meanwhile Kerins O’Rahillys eased past a disappointing St Brendan’s amalgamation in a turgid Kerry SFC tie at Austin Stack Park. The Tralee outfit, with Declan Quill, Mike Quirke and David Moran impressing won by three points (0-10 to 0-7).
Dingle made home advantage count in their victory over St Michael’s Foilmore in Pairc an Athasaigh last night (1-13 to 1-9)The tie was in the balance until the intervention of rising young Kerry starlet Paul Geaney in the final quarter.
Geaney, who played the first half in the unfamiliar role of centre forward, came to life when posted to the edge of the square. A couple of points, one off his right and one off his left, was followed by a superb goal which gave Dingle a five point lead and there was no way back for the South Kerry men.