Mullins sees off Daly and Creedon to claim glory in Noel Phair Cup final

Christy Mullins won the Noel Phair Cup final at Shannonvale where he beat both Gary Daly and John Creedon by well over a bowl.

Daly showed the best early form. He won the first tip by 30m and kept his lead by beating a good second from Mullins to McSweeney’s. Creedon got a brilliant third shot, which put him ahead of Mullins, but Daly beat his tip by 25m. Daly won the next tip by 50m, with Mullins now back in second place.

Daly built on that lead with four more good shots to Desmond’s cross where he was almost a bowl clear of Mullins and Creedon. Mullins led for the first time after two great bowls from there to Kingston’s. He was 15m fore of Daly, with Creedon still a bowl behind. Daly regained the lead despite a poor shot from there.

Mullins then got a great bowl past Tobin’s. Daly’s reply was too wide and missed that tip by 70m. Creedon closed the gap on Daly with a good bowl to Campbell’s. After the next exchange Mullins led Daly by just 10 metres, with Creedon still a bowl behind. Creedon and Daly missed sight with their following shots and Mullins made sight after his bowl got a good rub.

Daly was too far left with his next. He was now almost a bowl behind Mullins and was being sucked into a battle for second place with Creedon. Mullins then got a massive bowl that put him well over a bowl clear of Daly and close to two on Creedon. In the battle for second place Creedon played a super last shot, which Daly beat by just 20m.

Killian Kingston beat James Buckley by two bowls of odds in the Denis O’Donovan Cup at Ardcahan. The loss was serious enough for Buckley, but he fell midway through the score and picked up bruises and grazes that will not help his prospects in next weekend’s King of the Roads semi-final at Ballincurrig.

Kingston got two great opening shots to Lordan’s lane to lead by 60m. He made O’Farrell’s in two more and when Buckley played a poor fifth, he was a bowl in front. He pushed his lead well over a bowl with his shot to the grotto. He increased his lead with his bowl to sight past Crowley’s.

He then got a good bowl from Ardcahan cross to Burns. Buckley tripped delivering his reply down the hill and tumbled onto the road, where he damaged both his hands and knees. Kingston raised a second bowl of odds two shots later and Buckley conceded after a few more throws to the novice line.

Michael Bohane beat John Shorten by a bowl in the semi-final of the Pat Barry Cup at Donoughmore. Shorten played his first too tight on the left and he never recovered. Bohane quickly took control with three great shots to the Bounds where he was a bowl clear. He had well over a bowl at the long wall.

Shorten cut the lead to a bowl on the straight, but lost momentum by missing light with his next. He closed with four great shots in the return score to beat Bohane in the last shot.

Mick Hurley is through to the Tadgh Crowley Cup final following an impressive win over Denis Wilmot at Pouladuff. They were level after three each, but Hurley looked to be in trouble when he missed sight with his fourth. He cut the odds when his next rubbed kindly. He then got a great bowl to the gas line and followed with three good throws to go almost a bowl clear.

He then missed sight at Corcoran’s bridge and Wilmot went out to cut the lead to 20m. Wilmot followed with a tremendous bowl, but Hurley beat the tip by 20m. Hurley pushed almost a bowl in front again with his next to sight and he kept his lead with another great shot towards the line.

John O’Donoghue bowled brilliantly in his comeback score against Vincent Kiely in the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch. He made the end of the wall in four. He was well past Boula lane in six where he was a bowl in front. He scorched to the farm in five more to go two clear. He increased his lead by going well past the Devil’s bend in two more. Kiely was much sharper in the return in which he easily beat Anthony Gould.

At Derrinasafa, Paul Kingston beat a big last shot from Shane Shannon to advance in the Dinny McCarthy Cup. Sean Twomey got a big last bowl from hind tip to beat Teddy Arundel in the novice section of the same tournament.

Peter Nagle beat Johnny Murphy in the last shot at Ballinacurra in a day long series of scores. At Timoleague, Edmund Sexton edged out Brian Wilmot in the last shot of an O’Flynn Cup tie. Andrew O’Callaghan easily saw off Noel Kelleher in the Grenagh tournament semi-final.

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