Having started slowly in previous games, this year’s Kerry captain said they had taken a leaf out of the All-Ireland SFC champions’ book in Tralee.
“The game fizzled out, it was like the All-Ireland final with the favourites getting two early goals. That was a killer for Dingle who were trying to play catch-up all day.
“Our experience told in the second half and to win three-in-a-row is a fantastic achievement for the club.
“We looked at Donegal and the overwhelming thing about them was the quick starts they were getting and the amount of goals they were getting.
“We hadn’t started well in our last two games so we put a big emphasis on the first 15 minutes and we ended up with 2-6 in the first half, which was a good score in these conditions.”
Cooper wasn’t too happy with the 17 minutes Crokes went without scoring in the first half following their blistering start.
That said, he was surprised Dingle didn’t adjust to the windy conditions and play a sweeper facing into the gale in the first half.
“I thought they’d set up a little bit differently but whether they’d drop a man or not I wasn’t too sure. They are a very pure team.”
Cooper anticipates Kilmurry-Ibrickane will put Crokes to the pin of their collars in Sunday’s Munster SFC quarter-final.
He says it’s too early to judge whether the team have improved since last season when Crossmaglen beat them in an All-Ireland semi-final.
“Time will tell. We’ve lost a few guys this year at different stages but we have guys who can come in and we are not weakened that much. It looks like we are in a better position but time will tell.”