Bohane to lead Munster challenge at All-Ireland finals after win over Ryan

Michael Bohane will lead the Munster challenge at next weekend’s All-Ireland finals following his clear win over Raymond Ryan in Sunday’s intermediate final at Lyre.

Neither player got a great opening shot. They followed with three more to the school cross where Bohane led by five metres. He took control between there and the Mason’s Hill, where he had full sight in two throws. Ryan beat that second tip by just 15m in three to leave almost a bowl between them.

Bohane raised a full bowl by reaching the sight at the start of the Lyre straight in three more. At this point Ryan was struggling to stay in touch as he was hampered by a flare-up of a groin injury he picked up in the semi-final. Bohane took his lead well over a bowl after another three to the senior start line.

He had close to two bowls after three more past the junior line where Ryan conceded. Martin Coppinger is through to the Munster senior semi-final after beating James Buckley by two bowls at Baile Bhuirne.

Buckley opened with a spectacular bowl to sight, which Coppinger missed well. Coppinger closed the gap with a great second and tightened the odds more with his third to O’Donoghue’s.

Buckley edged clear again, but Coppinger levelled with a brilliant bowl to the slippery rock. He followed with a short one though. This gave Buckley a chance to go clear but he missed Coppinger’s tip and lost the lead.

From there Coppinger took control. A huge bowl from the novice line to the bridge put him a bowl clear and a massive last bowl gave him a second bowl. He plays either Éamon Bowen or David Murphy in the semi-final.

Alex O’Donovan is Munster U18 champion.

He beat Shane Shannon by almost two bowls at Derrinasafa. He won each of the first three shots to the wall. He increased his lead onto the straight and raised a bowl before the end of the straight. He was lucky to hold his bowl through Cotter’s cross.

They both opened the Darkwood turn in two more, where O’Donovan just held his bowl of odds. He increased his odds from the Darkwood and had close to a second bowl before the line.

Ryan Gamble dethroned All-Ireland champion David Devlin in the Ulster U18 final at Newtownhamilton. He beat Devlin’s opening shot by 50m. He was well clear after three to the hollow. His lead was back to 40m after a poor fourth. He compensated with a brilliant fifth and drove on to raise a bowl after two more to the quarry.

He held that lead in the next four to the mushroom farm. He gave Devlin an opening there, but he didn’t close the gap significantly. Gamble picked up the pace again and was a bowl clear at the bridge and increased his lead in the run in.

James Hickey beat Darragh Kiely by a bowl in the Munster U14 final at Lyre. Kiely won the first four shots to sight on the Mason’s Hill.

Hickey won his first lead with a super shot down the hill. Kiely had edged in front again after two more to O’Donovan’s pillars. Kiely capitalised on two poor shots from Hickey to go almost a bowl clear facing the school. He lost most of his gains by playing his next too far left.

Hickey cut the odds to just 10 metres with a great bowl to the school. He followed with a sensational bowl to the middle of the creamery. Kiely missed that tip by 70m and beat it by just 15m with his next. A great shot over the hump towards the line secured Hickey’s All-Ireland final place.

David Hughes and Joe Sheridan won the Michael Cusack Cup final for Mayo in Thurles. They beat Munster represented by Mark Shannon and Darren Whooley. Waterford team Fenor (Wendy Cullinane, Jonathon Weldon, Gene Hourihan) won the John Enright Shield.

Paul Butler and Pat Callanan had good wins in the Munster Junior B championship. Butler beat JC Desmond at Castletownkenneigh and Callanan beat Teddy O’Driscoll at Rosscarbery.

Butler got a massive first shot, but lost the lead after two more to the bridge.

Desmond was well clear at the old pub, but Butler closed the gap up the hill and levelled to Pyne’s corner. He regained the lead with his next and went almost a bowl clear after two more to Nyhan’s crush. He raised a bowl with a big shot towards the line.

Callanan broke the deadlock at Rosscarbery with a great shot past the priest’s house, which put him a bowl clear. He held that lead to the no-play line in 12. He increased his odds in the shots from Cahermore cross.

O’Driscoll knocked the bowl with a big shot to the Bull’s Gate. Callanan missed the bungalow with his next. O’Driscoll surprisingly missed that tip to concede a bowl again. Callanan followed with two great shots to increase his lead.

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