Coppinger and Murphy all set for intriguing Munster semi-final tussle

Martin Coppinger and David Murphy will meet in the Munster senior semi-final at Ballygurteen on Sunday, July 21 in the biggest score of 2013.

Brian Wilmot will contest the other semi-final following his win over Christy Mullins at Reenascreena.

His opponent will be either Gary Daly or Éamon Bowen. Daly beat James O’Donovan in the rescheduled match at Templemichael on Friday.

Coppinger easily dispatched Raymond Ryan at Caheragh on Sunday. He opened with a big bowl from the pub to the graveyard cross to take the first tip by a critical 30m. Ryan beat that by 100m with his second, but Coppinger flashed his second to the bridge. Ryan beat that by just 30m to keep the lead under a bowl.

Coppinger followed with a good third to the lawn to edge his lead closer to a bowl. He played a sensational fourth to Lisangle cross. Ryan played his reply to the left and his next to the right to fall two full bowls behind. Coppinger held that lead in his next two shots towards the second bridge. Ryan then got a great bowl past the new house to bring the lead just under two bowls.

Coppinger made the end of the lawn with his next and followed with another massive bowl to Sheily’s, which took his lead to 70m over two bowls. He held that lead to the novice line. Ryan got a big bowl to the junior line. Coppinger got a poor reply and was only 40m over a bowl after his following shot. He held that lead to the line.

On Saturday David Murphy beat his brother Aidan over their home road at Ballinacurra. Aidan got the better start and was through Brinny cross in three where he had most of a bowl of odds. David got poor first and second throws. Aidan held that lead with his next to Foley’s. David then played five sensational bowls in-a-row to take his first lead after ten to the concrete past the bridge.

They both went towards the line in four more, with David 50m fore for the last shot. Aidan got a big last bowl, but David beat it comfortably.

Brian Wilmot beat Christy Mullins in the last shot at Reenascreena. Mullins started well to go 80m clear after two. He held that lead in the next two to the school sign. Wilmot clipped the odds to ten metres with a huge bowl to Hourihane’s. He took the lead with his next and followed with a good seventh to the cross to go a bowl in front.

He kept the lead well over a bowl at the Barn Studio and still had over a bowl after 12 to the windmills. He increased his lead on the straight. Mullins launched a strong rally with a great bowl to the junior line that brought the lead well under a bowl. Wilmot beat that by just 80 with his next. Mullins played his last bowl to the right and missed the line. Wilmot beat it well.

Gary Daly beat James O’Donovan by almost a bowl in the quarter-final at Templemichael. He made sight in three which gave him a clear lead as O’Donovan got a poor second. He had almost a bowl after his fourth to Murphy’s wall. He had a full bowl at Sarsfield’s Court cross and increased his lead in the next two.

O’Donovan cut the odds to a bare bowl at the bend before the novice line. They were at the last bend in three more where the lead was under a bowl. O’Donovan saved the bowl in the last shot.

The Coppinger Murphy semi-final will be at Ballygurteen is on Sunday July 21. Newcestown will host the other semi-final on the previous day between Brian Wilmot and the winner of tomorrow’s quarter-final between Éamon Bowen and Gary Daly in Fermoy. The Munster final will be on July 28, if Wilmot qualifies it will be in Bauravilla and if its either Bowen or Daly it will be in Carrigaline.

The Ulster senior final on July 21 is between Eddie Carr and Peadar Toal. Carr bowled impressively to beat hot favourite Thomas Mackle and Martin Toal in the semi-final over the All-Ireland final course at Port Mór. Mackle won the opening shot, but fell a bowl behind at the orchard corner. Carr controlled the score from there and finished a convincing bowl of odds winner over both Mackle and Toal.

Carmel Ryan won the Munster senior women’s final by two bowls from Catriona Murphy at Whitechurch. She struggled to find her form in the first half. She settled into a strong rhythm after a great 15th past Downey’s and controlled the rest of the score.

Ciara Buckley won the Girls U18 final over Claire O’Sullivan at the same venue. O’Sullivan got a great start to go almost a bowl in front, but Buckley reversed the score to Downey’s and won comfortably.

Dylan O’Driscoll beat Tom O’Donovan in the Boys u14 final at Ballinacarriga. Two huge opening shots to Granure cross gave him two bowls of odds. O’Donovan cut the odds with a great fifth, but he could not hold O’Driscoll for the rest of the score.

Kieran Murphy advanced to meet Cian Boyle with a convincing Munster Junior B quarter-final win over Eoin Murphy at Derrinasafa. Chris O’Donovan was equally impressive against Eugene O’Sullivan at Baile Mhuirne to set up a meeting with Timmy McDonagh in the other semi-final.

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