Murphy leaves it late to see off Sexton

Aidan Murphy became the first holder of the Jim Geasley Cup when he beat Edmond Sexton in the last shot at Cobh on Sunday.

Murphy dominated the first half of the score, but Sexton was to the fore in the second half and will be deeply disappointed that this one got away from him.

Murphy opened with a massive shot which gave him the first tip by 35m. Neither player got a good second to Bird Hill, but Murphy held his odds. He won each of the next four shots to Durkin’s boreen. They were at the top of Durkin’s hill in another throw, with Murphy still seven metres fore.

Sexton then got an incredible bowl to full light at Sam’s corner. Murphy took two throws to beat it by seven metres. Sexton kept his lead in the next exchange. The score then took a dramatic reverse when Murphy made the cross and Sexton missed. He went far enough to loft, but after the loft his lead was just 30m.

Murphy got a poor shot from the cross and Sexton hit back with a brilliant bowl to the bottom of Clash. Murphy beat that by just 40m to leave almost a bowl between them again. Sexton kept up the momentum with a good bowl up the hill. Murphy’s reply went right, but it rubbed and went all the way to the top of the hill.

Sexton then beat Foran’s gate to hold a 45m lead for the last shot. Murphy produced a perfect last bowl that beat the line by 35m. The advantage still looked to lie with Sexton, but he opted for the right side instead of the middle and his bowl just missed the line.

Templemichael hosted a Munster intermediate championship tie, two Cork city Junior A scores and a series of other scores including another outing by senior champion Martin Coppinger on Sunday Tim-Pat O’Donovan was brilliant in his two bowls of odds win over Éamon Bowen Snr in the intermediate score. He led from the off and was a bowl in front after five to Murphy’s wall. He went past Sarsfield’s Court cross in another two and he reached the bend before the novice line in two more. He was two bowls clear at that point and Bowen conceded with a hand injury.

Richard Murphy virtually guaranteed himself a place in the Cork city Junior A final after his second win in the round robin series, this time at the expense of Peter Nagle.

He raised a bowl after six to Murphy’s wall. Nagle rallied to Sarsfield’s Court cross to knock the bowl. He cut the lead to 20m with his next, but he was unlucky to miss sight at the novice line bend. Murphy went out to assure his win.

Brian Daly’s season is back on track after beating Michael O’Driscoll Jnr by a bowl in the other Junior A tie. He bowled well from the off, but O’Driscoll stayed in touch for much of the score. Daly eventually burned off that challenge on the last straight where he raised a bowl.

Brothers Éamon and Darren Bowen easily beat Martin Coppinger and Liam Scannell in a challenge. The Bowens were two bowls clear before the halfway. Coppinger was well below the form of his last outing in Carraig na bhFear.

Gary Daly beat Christy Mullins by two bowls in the Mick Crowley Cup at Bauravilla. They took three each to the cross, they were at the netting in six and they made the rock in nine. Daly picked up the pace considerably from there.

He made the bridge in three shots from the rock, while Mullins hit a trough over the same road to fall two bowls behind. Daly held that lead in the next two throws to seal his win.

Michael Crowley beat Donie Harnedy by two bowls at the same venue in the JJ Murphy Cup semi-final. He won the first two shots, but Harnedy took the third to the cross. Crowley followed with two good bowls to the netting where he was a bowl in front. He held that lead in three more shots to the rock. He increased his lead to two bowls at the bridge and he was the line in four good bowls from there.

Raymond Ryan beat James O’Donovan with a big last shot at Pouladuff. They were locked together in the first four to the three sticks. Ryan gained a 20m lead after five more to Corcoran’s bridge. O’Donovan then got a fantastic bowl past the novice line to take what looked winning odds of 40m. Ryan beat that tip by just 20m with his next to leave almost a bowl between them.

O’Donovan missed light with his next though and Ryan was back in contention. Ryan regained the lead at the farm wall and kept it in the second last towards the line. O’Donovan played a brilliant last shot, but Ryan beat it by 40m.

David Hubbard beat Michael Bohane in the Billy Molloy Cup at Whitechurch. Bohane led by almost a bowl after four but Hubbard reversed the odds with a brilliant bowl down the hill. They contested that lead to the finish, with Bohane saving it in the last shot. He easily beat Hubbard in the return and Seamus Sexton had a double over Killian Kingston.

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