O’Donoghue gets better of Cooney with last-shot heroics

Patrick O’Donoghue just edged PJ Cooney in the last shot of their Munster intermediate championship clash at Templemichael on Saturday. 

In the other intermediate championship scores, Denis O’Driscoll gave an exhibition in his two bowls-of-odds win over Davey Fitzgerald at Castletownkenneigh and Trevor O’Meara had a comprehensive win over Patrick O’Driscoll at Pouladuff.

In the West Cork Junior A championship, veteran Chris O’Donovan beat Aidan Hurley at Kealkil and Gerry Gibbons beat Pete Murray at the Clubhouse.

Cooney won the first shot at Templemichael. O’Donoghue won the second and took each of the next four to the wall where he had a 30m lead. He increased his odds to 70m with his next onto the straight.

Cooney then got a sensational bowl to cut the lead to 10 metres. Neither got a big bowl past Sarsfield’s Court cross, but O’Donoghue increased his lead to 40m. Cooney regained the lead with his next to the green, but O’Donoghue won the following tip. Cooney missed sight with his next throw and O’Donoghue went out to increase his lead.

Cooney clipped the bend with his next. O’Donoghue beat that by 60m when he might have taken a bigger lead. He won the next two exchanges to increase his lead to 70m past the novice line.

Cooney then produced a massive bowl to sight at the last bend. O’Donoghue missed that tip by 20m and looked to be in serious trouble.

He rescued the situation with an exceptional last bowl, tight on the right that settled perfectly and beat the line by 60m. Cooney played his reply to the left and missed that tip.

At Pouladuff, O’Meara and O’Driscoll were locked together for the opening quarter. They made sight in two each and reached the ‘three sticks’ in another two, where O’Meara was fore.

Three very poor shots in succession put O’Driscoll in an almost impossible situation. O’Meara raised a bowl at the chamber gates and was two in front just past ‘Tiger’s’.

He looked to be heading for a third bowl, but his ninth unluckily missed sight at Corcoran’s bridge.

There was still two between them, but O’Driscoll made sight in two massive bowls from there to cut the lead to a bowl. O’Meara steadied on the home stretch to keep the lead close to a bowl.

Denis O’Driscoll was in control from the off against Davey Fitzgerald at Castletownkenneigh. He got a huge first that cannoned off O’Leary’s wall to give him almost a bowl of odds start.

He held the lead in three more to the quarry. He raised a bowl with his fifth and reached Long’s bar in a record seven shots to go almost two clear.

He was still two in front at Pyne’s corner and he held that lead to the cross, where Fitzgerald conceded.

Killian Kingston had a sensational last-shot win over Éamon Bowen Jnr at Ballygurteen. Bowen led by almost a bowl after two good shots to sight. He made the avenue in seven to keep his lead. Kingston closed the gap on the straight, but Bowen pushed clear again with two great bowls to McCarthy’s. When Kingston missed sight at the bridge and Bowen went down it looked over.

Kingston’s bowl to the bridge rubbed to bring him onto the straight. Bowen’s reply broke left and beat that tip by just 40m. Kingston snatched the half-chance with a brilliant bowl past the line, which Bowen missed by four metres.

Bowen had better news earlier in the week when he was included as a late entry into Pool C of the senior championship as a direct replacement for John Creedon.

Brendan O’Neill reached the Jim Barrow Cup final at Gortroe after three exceptional last throws left him a bowl clear of Thomas Boyle. He opened with a good bowl, but lost ground with his next three and was 60m hind in the wood.

He rallied again and turned the score with a big shot to the Well Bar. He got two great bowls from there to the novice line, with Boyle holding the lead under a bowl. He went well over a bowl with his next towards the finish.

Gerry Gibbons was past the garage in 10 super shots at the Clubhouse in his emphatic win over Pete Murray in the West Cork Junior A championship. At Kealkill, Chris O’Donovan slipped Aidan Hurley, who has a chance to get things back on track against Donncha O’Brien at Durrus next weekend.

John O’Rourke beat Denis Murphy in the last shot at Macroom. They were level all the way to the gap. O’Rourke pushed clear on the straight, but Murphy levelled with a great bowl to Kelleher’s. They were dead level at Glasheen cross. Murphy edged the next, but O’Rourke shaded the vital last shot.

Tony O’Sullivan beat an off-form Donie Harnedy by two bowls in the JJ Murphy Cup at Bauravilla. Anthony Gould went two bowls clear of Vincent Kiely after four great bowls to the top of the hill at Béal na Marbh and controlled the rest of the score. Sean Murphy beat John Shorten by a bowl at Crookstown. At Ballinacurra Kieran Murphy beat David Hubbard by two bowls.

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