He opened with a serious first throw that gave him almost a bowl of odds. He raised the bowl with his second. Mullins settled after this and clipped the lead to just 30m at the waterworks. Mullins got a poor shot from there though and Coppinger quickly took control. He put the issue beyond doubt with three massive shots in the last quarter.
Mullins can still stay in the 2015 race if he beats Séamus Sexton at Lyre.
Brian Wilmot took pole position in Pool C when he easily beat Éamon Bowen at Terelton. Ironically Bowen got the better start here, exploiting two poor opening shots from Wilmot to take a big lead. Wilmot levelled with a big fifth.
He quickly took over and went a bowl in front after a series of good shots to the garage. He exerted increasing pressure into the final quarter and eventually went three bowls clear.
The Pool stages of the Munster intermediate championship moved close to conclusion following a heavy schedule in the past week.
The results identified six of the eight quarter-final places: Donal Riordan as winner of Pool A; Nicholas Carey from Pool B; PJ Cooney and Paddy O’Donoghue from Pool C and Raymond Ryan and Andrew O’Leary from Pool D.
Donal Riordan kept his unbeaten record at Shannonvale where he beat Wayne Callanan by two bowls.
Riordan didn’t leave much scope for challenge in this one. He set a good pace to Desmond’s line, which he reached in seven to go a bowl clear. He increased the intensity with seven more brilliant shots to the finish to push his lead to two bowls.
Also in Pool A Gavin Twohig defeated Seán Murphy at The Clubhouse to draw level with him on points for second spot.
Murphy started well and raised almost a bowl. Twohig countered with two brilliant shots to O’Riordan’s where he had his first lead. He was almost a bowl clear at the garage and held that lead despite a strong late challenge from Murphy.
That win guarantees him a place in the quarter-final if he can beat Donal Riordan in the final pool score at Rosscarbery. If Riordan wins Twohig will face Murphy again in a play-off for second place.
Nicholas Carey beat Michael Bohane by a bowl in Pool B at Carrigaline.
Bohane got the better of two big opening shots. Carey won the second and went 70m clear with a great third. Bohane rallied to cut the lead to just 20m at the cross.
They were locked together to the novice line, but Carey exploited a few errors from Bohane to press almost a bowl clear at the line.
Carey plays John Shorten in his final pool score at Donoughmore. If Shorten wins he’s in the quarter-final too, if Carey wins, Shorten will play Pat Butler and Michael Bohane for second place.
PJ Cooney beat Trevor O’Meara at Carraig na bhFear to secure the second qualifying place from Pool C. O’Meara opened with a big bowl and set the early pace, but Cooney pegged him back to the creamery.
Neither player got a foothold on the straight till Cooney found his best form from the junior line to secure his win.
Andrew O’Leary finished second to Raymond Ryan in Pool D, thanks to an emphatic win over Denis O’Driscoll at Baile Mhuirne.
He set the pace from the off and was a bowl in front at the slippery rock. He drove home his advantage from there, pushing his lead to two bowls of odds.
Declan O’Donovan re-ignited his Carbery Junior A hopes by beating James Nagle by a bowl at the Marsh Road.
Nagle looked set to take control after a big second shot, but he followed with a poor bowl and O’Donovan was back in contention. O’Donovan raised a bowl to Ballyhilty corner and put the contest out of reach with a big shot to the avenue.
Ian Callanan will play Jimmy O’Driscoll in the South West Junior A final. O’Driscoll secured his place by beating Johnny O’Driscoll in the last shot at the Pike.
Darren Oliver and Jerry O’Riordan will contest the Gaeltacht Junior A final at Terelton. O’Riordan beat Olan Noonan at Cill na Martra. In the North East Noel Bowen beat Patrick O’Donboghue at Fermoy. Paul Buckley reached the last four in Mid-Cork by beating Jerry Murphy by a bowl at Ballinacurra.
Thomas Boyle will contest the Cork city Junior A final at Templemichael, but a three-way tie-breaker is needed to find his opponent.
Jimmy O’Donoghue gained a place in that tie after beating Noel Goud in the last shot. He was two bowls clear at one point, but Gould cut the lead to ten metres.
They meet again in the tie-breaker with Michael Desmond.
Donal Riordan finished in a flurry to deny John Shorten in the Jerry Desmond Cup at Lyre to record his second win on Sunday.