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Gooch and Galvin are sprung to turn tide way of improving Kerry

WHAT crisis? After some poor showings in the early part of the league Kerry made it back-to-back wins when defeating Munster rivals Cork 0-11 to 0-7 at Austin Stack Park, Tralee yesterday.

It was a scoring burst in the second half by subs Colm 'Gooch' Cooper and Paul Galvin that helped secure victory for the Kingdom who are battling defiantly to avoid the drop to Division 2.

Kerry led at the interval by the minimum, 0-4 to 0-3, with freetaker Johnny Buckley, who finished with six points, on target on three occasions during the opening 35 minutes with Anthony Maher slotting the other from play.

The performance of St Michael's/Foilmore Mark Griffin at full-back was a fillip for the Kerry men as he dealt confidently with the threat of Barry O'Driscoll.

The early exchanges after the interval were nip-and-tuck with Fintan Goold grabbing a point for Conor Counihan's side before Buckley responded.

Paul Kerrigan went close to rattling the net for Cork but his shot cannoned off the crossbar and Kerry took the warning on board as they upped their tempo with Killian Young driving up field to split the posts before Kieran O'Leary became the first Kerry forward to score from play in the 52nd minute.

The introductions of 'Gooch' and Galvin fuelled Kerry's momentum with Galvin fisting over, following on from Buckley's sixth pointed free, as Eamon Fitzmaurice's men moved five points clear, 0-10 to 0-5.

Copper, operating on the half-forward line, began to orchestrate matters and it was from one of his passes that Kieran Donaghy hit Kerry's 11th point to secure victory.