Shorten claims victory over Callanan in Billy Molloy Cup

John Shorten beat Wayne Callanan by almost a bowl in the Billy Molloy Cup at Whitechurch. 

He opened with a very short shot, which Callanan beat by 120m. Shorten then got three great bowls to the top of the hill, where he took the lead. Callanan’s next bowl caught the right and Shorten increased his lead with a good bowl to the wall. He built on that to Boula lane.

Callanan cut the odds with his next shot and fought back to level after three great throws to the top of the straight. Shorten was fore there and led 15m after the shots to the farm. Callanan’s next caught the left and Shorten eased clear with a good bowl to the Devil’s bend. He held his odds in the next two to the end of the wall. Callanan then missed the line and it was over.

James Cooney beat Brendan O’Neill by almost two bowls in the Lyre tournament. Cooney led all the way. He was well clear after two to the forestry. He followed with three great shots to the tunnel and created a new record by opening Crowley’s bend in another two. He was past McCarthy’s in another three, where he had almost two bowls of odds.

John Young beat Donie Harnedy in the last shot in the Marsh Road tournament. Harnedy won the first two throws well, but Young levelled with a good third. He won the next two tips well and was 60m clear at the quarry. He missed sight with his next and they were level at the silvery gate. Harnedy opened the steps in three more to go almost a bowl clear.

Young got an extraordinary bowl around the steps and beat Thornhill cross with his next to go back in front. Harnedy then missed Ballyhilty corner and Young went out to take a commanding lead. Harnedy closed with three good bowls to just short of the line, but Young held on with a good last shot.

In the same tournament, Johnny Murphy beat JC Desmond. Desmond led by a bowl at the bottom of the quarry hill, but he had a bad patch to the steps where he was a bowl down. Murphy held that lead to Ballyhilty and raised a second bowl with his next.

Carbery (Patrick Crowley, Kieran O’Sullivan, Darragh Dempsey) won the Munster underage team final at the Phale Road (Ballineen) with a score of 1497.7m. An Ghaeltacht (Conor Creedon, Anthony Lynch, Jason McCarthy) were second on 1426.7m. South West (Katie Sexton, Niamh Ahern, Hannah Sexton) won the girls title with a score of 1,289m and West Cork (Tegan Hurley, Jacinta Murphy, Marina Connolly) were second with 1,238m.

Diarmuid Cronin beat Jack Coughlan in the Patrick O’Mahony Cup final at Drinagh. He won the first shot well, but just shaded the second. Coughlan won his first lead with a great third to sight at the barking dogs. Cronin followed with two big throws to the church where he was almost a bowl in front and he held that to the rectory.

Coughlan levelled with a huge bowl past Kennedy’s wall. He missed the black stick with his next though and Cronin went out to go almost a bowl clear. He held that lead in the next three past the line.

Finbarr Coughlan bowled impressively to beat Sean O’Riordan in the Shannonvale final. O’Riordan missed a chance at the quarry and was a shot behind after eight and nine to Desmond’s line. Coughlan bowled well to hold that lead to the end.

Denis Murphy beat Jim Coffey and Vincent Kiely in a benefit at Bweeng. All three missed sight in the first shot. Murphy went well out with his second to take a good lead. He built on this to the Tinny House where he had 100m on Coffey and 200m on Kiely. From there he controlled the score. Coffey was his closest challenger, who he beat by more than 100m, with Kiely over a bowl back in third.

Michael Gould beat Maurice Connolly by two bowls at Carraig na bhFear. After two massive bowls past Fitzgerald’s, he was over a bowl clear. His form dipped to the creamery and Connolly missed a chance to level with a relatively easy throw. Gould got another huge bowl from the cross to extend his lead to two bowls.

Ian Crean returned to competition for the first time in many years at Ballinacurra, but was well beaten by Jerry Murphy. Crean had a promising start, but hit a bad patch at Perrott’s and Murphy won easily from there.

At Grenagh, Patrick Butler had a double over Jim Coffey. In the first Coffey led by a bowl at Boula lane with three shots left. He had a poor shot from the lane and lost his bowl of odds. He then missed the cross and Butler replied with a great bowl to sight, that Coffey beat by 30m. Butler then beat the line and Coffey’s bowl hit a pothole and missed it well.

David O’Mahony beat Jimmy O’Driscoll twice at Grange. In the Paddy Hennessy Cup at Clashmore, Tadhg O’Driscoll beat Peter Fitzgerald and Keith Walsh beat Vinny O’Rourke.

The national executive will finalise grading of senior and intermediate men for the 2015 Munster championship tonight.

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