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Cooper is hungry to net even more glory

By John Campbell

Colm Cooper holds a particular distinction in the Bank of Ireland All Ireland Football Championship to date.

The elegant Kerry forward is the only player to have scored a goal against Cork - and this is something he would like to repeat in Sunday's All Ireland final.

It was in the recent Munster decider that Cooper, wily and elusive, found the net to help seal Kerry's victory over their great rivals.

In their two matches since then against Sligo (quarter-final) and Meath (semi-final), Cork's defence has not conceded a goal - nor had their net been breached prior to their provincial joust with the Kingdom.

And now manager Billy Morgan is hoping they can achieve another clean sheet on Sunday.

Cooper, who has had a relatively quiet championship campaign by his own high standards, has a habit of unsettling the Cork defence.

But while the Dr Crokes clubman poses a big threat, it's likely that Kerry skipper Declan O'Sullivan will also represent a major danger to Cork. O'Sullivan, strongly in the running for the coveted Player of the Year honour, tucked away a sublime goal in his man of the match performance against Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final.

That score supplemented three superb points from play and cemented the belief that he can create havoc in his free-roaming role on Sunday.

Axed by Kerry in the not too distant past, O'Sullivan is currently the axis of their forward sector - a player around whom so much of the team's attacking strategy revolves.

Another five-star performance on Sunday could indeed provide the catalyst for what would be Kerry's 35th All Ireland title success.

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