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Touch of class: 13 goals that sum up what Colm Cooper was all about

Left foot, right foot, lobs, high balls, low balls. ‘The Gooch’ had it all in his locker.

THE REACTION TO Colm Cooper’s inter-county retirement speaks volumes about the impact he has had on Gaelic football.

Renowned for his elegance, ‘the Gooch’ had all the skills you’d want in a forward — two excellent feet, a great football brain and composure to burn.

But Cooper also possessed tenacity and resilience that saw him get the better of some of the toughest man-marking corner-backs in the game.

Despite his apparent slight frame Cooper never seemed to struggle during physical battles, while his added threat in the air also earned him plenty of scores.

Below, we’ve picked out some of the Dr Crokes man’s best goals for club and county. Fittingly for the mercurial corner-forward, there are 13 goals in all, including four in one club game against St Michael’s Foilmore.

September 2004

Source: eir GAA/YouTube

August 2009

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March 2010

Source: JC O'Shea/YouTube

August 2010

Source: JC O'Shea/YouTube

June 2011

Source: JC O'Shea/YouTube

August 2011

Source: 10000GaelicPlayersMessines1917/YouTube

September 2011

Source: Vic Mackey/YouTube

June 2012

Source: JC O'Shea/YouTube

July 2013 

Source: RTÉ - IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTube

August 2015

Source: officialgaa/YouTube

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