Munster Junior A glory for O’Sullivan

Liam O’Sullivan is Munster Junior A champion following a comprehensive win over Patrick O’Donoghue at Templemartin on Sunday.

O’Donoghue enjoyed the better of the opening shots but O’Sullivan turned the tide with his third shot, the first of four great bowls in succession, as he pushed his lead well over a bowl.

O’Donoghue rallied with a brilliant 11th bowl to the Schoolhouse cross which cut the lead to a level bowl of odds.

But O’Sullivan went out the stonefield bend in two more to raise a second bowl of odds.

O’Donoghue got a great rub with his bowl past Buttimer’s. O’Sullivan missed that and beat it by only 30m with his following shot to leave just over a bowl between them.

O’Donoghue was too tight on the left with his next. O’Sullivan replied with a massive 15th shot to the monument to push his lead to almost two bowls. They both made the pub cross in the next exchange and O’Donoghue conceded with two shots to go.

Meanwhile, Donal Daly will face O’Sullivan in the All-Ireland final following his last shot win over Ciarán Morgan in the Ulster final at Port Mór.

Morgan won the opening shots and when his fifth cannoned perfectly at the bridge he made the orchard corner and was almost a bowl clear. But Daly bowled better from there and started to claw him back bit by bit.

It didn’t look to be enough though until Morgan got a poor shot and his lead was back to 40m. Daly regained the lead with his next and held it past the line.

Donoughmore is the centre of attention next weekend when it hosts three Munster finals. On Friday it has a double-header the women’s senior final between defending champion Carmel Ryan and Catriona O’Farrell-Kidney. The second score is the U18 girls final between European champion Meghan Collins and Ciara Buckley. On Sunday it hosts the Munster intermediate final between Raymond Ryan and Trevor O’Meara.

In his semi-final, Ryan beat Donal Riordan by two bowls at Caheragh. Ryan was 100m clear to Caheragh cross. He was just short of the bridge in another two where he had over a bowl. He was almost at Drimoleague cross in two more where he was almost two bowls clear. He held that in 10 towards Sheily’s. He got a good rub at Sheily’s that helped him take a second bowl to the junior line. He finished in three more, for a total of 16, and won by two.

Trevor O’Meara beat Andrew O’Leary in a peculiar semi-final at Gortroe. After some great bowls where the lead was swapped on several occasions the bowling dipped dramatically. They shared four very short bowls with O’Meara just ahead facing the line. O’Leary got a massive last bowl past the line, but it was called. His second attempt was very short. O’Meara easily beat the line to wrap it up.

In Ulster, Thomas Mackle broke the Intermediate final deadlock at Knappagh when he claimed his third win over Paul O’Reilly and Peadar Toal. He led all the way, but it might have been closer had O’Reilly not missed a simple shot to Farley’s. A big second last gave Mackle most of a bowl of odds.

Dervla Toal-Mallon pushed the Ulster senior women’s final to a tie-break next weekend when she beat Kelly Mallon by a bowl on the Markethill Road. She had almost a bowl after two and dominated the whole score. Mallon rallied to McCann’s corner, but Toal-Mallon got a huge bowl to the garage to seal victory.

Sinéad Kiernan beat Gemma McCann in the Ulster U18 final. Caomhín McGlennon beat Sean McShane in a sensational U12 final and David Devlin easily beat Odhran Rafferty in the U14 final.

The Munster U14 and U12 finals will be played as double-header at Enniskeane. At U14, Mark Shannon plays Patrick O’Donoghue. Shannon beat Tom O’Donovan at Ballinacarriga and O’Donoghue beat Dylan O’Driscoll at Carrigaline. Colm McLoughlin and Michael Nyhan meet in the U12 final. McLoughlin beat David O’Connor at Ballinacarriga and Nyhan beat Jake O’Brien at Carrigaline.

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