Sexton just shaded the opening tips. Bohane then played three great bowls in succession to raise almost a bowl. He was a full bowl clear after a great fifth past the council yard gate. He took his lead to two bowls with two more big throws to the silvery gate.
Sexton began to dig his way out of this hole with a good bowl from the silvery gate to knock the second bowl. They both made the steps in two more where Bohane still had over a bowl. Sexton knocked the bowl of odds with his next. Bohane kept his lead close to a bowl with a great shot past Thornhill Cross.
Bohane made Ballyhilty bend with his next. Sexton replied with a massive bowl past the bend, which Bohane missed by a few centimetres. Neither player got a good shot from there, but Sexton edged the tips by three metres. Bohane missed the line with his last throw and Sexton beat it.
David Murphy survived a glitch with his second last shot, to edge James O’Donovan by a slender margin in the Denis McGarry Cup at Whitechurch.
O’Donovan won all the early shots to the top of the hill. He kept his lead to the wall and then beat a big bowl from Murphy towards Boula Lane. He beat another big shot past Boula, but Murphy took his first lead with his next. O’Donovan regained the lead at the next tip and led to the top of the straight.
Murphy got a brilliant bowl down past the farm to regain the lead. O’Donovan won the shots to the Devil’s bend. After two more past the junior line, Murphy was fore again. O’Donovan just made sight with his next, but Murphy’s reply hit a pillar and made no gains. Murphy came out well on top in the next exchange with a super shot to the start of the footpaths, which gave him a big lead.
O’Donovan missed the line with his next shot. It looked a formality for Murphy, but he blew his bowl right and it hopped the kerb and missed the line. O’Donovan then played what looked a winning bowl up the hill, but Murphy’s reply was equal to it and just rolled past the tip.
Earlier, his brother Sean made the first leg of a double when he beat PJ Cooney by almost a bowl in the Jerry Desmond Cup at Fisher’s Cross. He was almost a bowl in front after a great first to sight and was still comfortably ahead after five to Footman’s cross. Cooney lofted well there and levelled with his following shot.
Murphy went almost a bowl clear in the middle of the score, but lost most of his odds with a poor fourth last. Cooney looked to be back in the frame when he got a good second last to full sight. Murphy killed that challenge with a brilliant loft that cut tightly left and beat the line.
Martin Coppinger beat Bryan O’Reilly by three bowls in the Motor Neuron benefit at Knappagh. He opened with two good shots to raise a bowl. He then ceded the lead to O’Reilly through poor play to the planting corner. Coppinger then missed Farley’s, but O’Reilly just beat the tip. That started a run of very poor shots from O’Reilly to the Minister’s, where he conceded.
David Shannon reached the Reenascreena final by beating a big last shot from Ger Fitzpatrick. He was well clear after five. Fitzpatrick levelled to O’Sullivan’s, but Shannon pushed clear again. It looked over after Shannon’s good second last gave him 70m odds. Fitzpatrick then played a sensational last shot, but Shannon beat it well.
John Young beat Michael Gould over a bowl at Grenagh. Gould had a big lead after six, but then missed a very easy tip. Young made a similar mistake at the halfway line. He compensated for this with six good throws to Boula lane where he had close to two bowls. Gould knocked the bowl at the novice line. Young survived that challenge and sealed his win with a good second last to sight.
Derry Cooney beat Noel Bowen by almost a bowl at Doneraile. He started well, but missed sight with his third. He got back on track to go a bowl in front at the cow gate. His next three were poor and Bowen levelled. He went almost a bowl in front again after three perfect shots. Bowen limited the damage with a huge loft to keep the lead well under a bowl. Cooney held that lead to the finish.
Peter Nagle beat Denis Wilmot twice at Ballinacurra. He got a grip in the first after three great shots to sight at Foley’s. He raised a bowl at Perrott’s. Wilmot looked to be coming back into it until he got an unlucky shot over the bridge.
In the return, two big throws to Foley’s turned it Nagle’s way.